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Didn't know exactly where to post this, but I feel it is important enough to post:


Susie is recouping at an incredible pace for someone with a massive stroke all because Sherry saw Susie stumble - -that is the key that isn't mentioned below - and then she asked Susie the 3 questions. So simple - - this literally saved Susie's life - - Some angel sent it to Suzie's friend and they did just what it said to do. Suzie failed all three so 911 was called. Even though she had normal blood pressure readings and did not appear to be a stroke victim as she could converse to some extent with the Paramedics they took her to the hospital right away. Thank God for the sense to remember the 3 steps!

Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

*Ask the individual to SMILE.

*Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

*Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE [(Coherently) (i.e. It is sunny out today)

If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions. They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last February. Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people, you can bet that at least one life will be saved.


Jonathan Rosenfeld

Manager, Business Development

Duane Reade

440 9th Ave.

New York, NY 10001


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Maryanne, this is really good to know. The three questions are easy to remember and it is my understanding that getting help in a timely manner can mean a big difference for a stroke victim. Thanks for posting.

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Maryanne,,,,that is really good info. I am now 55, but I had a heart attack when I was 31. It was found by accident before a surgery, as the remnants were on my EKG. Bad thing is that the incident still shows up on my EKG and will forever. It will be difficult to tell by an EKG, whether it is new or old, so at least I have the info,and have been on high blood pressure meds since that time. I come from a long line of premature high blood pressure, and strokes. I now caregive for my 85 yr old dad, and I am always on the lookout for a stroke, as his blood pressure is high and has already taken out the sight in his right eye. He also has very clogged carotid arteries so I am glad to have that info you gave so maybe I can get him help in time!

Thank you for sharing this!!!!! Sorry about being so long winded,,,but I regressed :oops:

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You don't have to appologise, Ann. It seems so easy to remember to do.

Sorry to hear about your high blood pressure and your family history. Mine also has a history of high blood pressure. My sister and bro is on all kinds of Blood pressure medicine. Mine is borderline but mostly high. So I have to be careful also, plus I have high cholestrol.

This procedure in finding out about the stroke is so simple that even I can remember it. :roll:

Take care,

Maryanne :wink:

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Thanks again Maryanne for the great info. I wrote it down and will commit those questions to memory for my dad. Since his eye incident,(which happened from start to finish in 5 min, and he was asleep), this info could help me recognize a real problem brewing. Sorry to hear about you and your family, the high blood pressure and cholesterol curse :? It is doable,we just have to behave!!!!! :cry::cry:

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