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Monday, October 17, 2011

Recognizing A Stroke

It is unbelievable learning how one out of three people will be the victim of a stroke and that four out of five families are confronted with the effects of it during a lifetime.

These statistics were released by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which also issue the warning that a mini stroke, also called a transient ischemic attack (TIA), will be followed by an acute stroke.

Recognizing a stroke is in fact not so difficult when you keep the word FAST in mind;
-F stands for face: numbness or weakness of the face on one side of the body will occur and when the person in question is asked to smile, one side of the face will be drooping down or remain crooked.
-A relates to arms: the numbness or weakness affects the entire body and upon asked to lift up both arms in the air they will have difficulties with one arm.
-S pertains to speech: ask the person questions and pay close attention to whether there is confusion, if they have trouble understanding, if the words come out slurry, or if they can't speak at all.
-T represents time: if any of the above symptoms occur, ensure the person gets to the hospital FAST!

Some other symptoms which may occur are when the victim suddenly has trouble seeing out of one or both eyes and shows signs of having trouble with walking, is dizzy and/or looses balance or coordination.

Time is essential; the faster the person gets to the hospital, the greater their chance for recovery and survival is.

We can't know what all we will be confronted with in this life, but we do know that even in the worst situations God is with us every step of the way and the sooner we put our trust and faith in Him the better off we will be!

Psalm 36:7
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.


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