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Heart Attack & Stroke - Getting Help
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Is it a Stroke?
This might be a lifesaver if we can remember the three questions! Is It a
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately the lack of awareness spells disaster for the stroke victim. A stroke
victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
Symptoms before a Stroke
Now doctors say any 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.
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.
Is It A Heart Attack?
A cardiologist says if everyone sends this info to 10 people you can bet that at least one life will be saved.
Let's say it's 6.15 P.M. and you're driving home (alone of course), after
an unusually hard day on the job. You're really tired, upset, and
Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five
miles from the hospital nearest your home.
Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far. You have been trained in CPR but the guy that taught the course did not tell
you how to perform it on yourself.
HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the person whose heart is beating
improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.
However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very
vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough
must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.
A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating
normally again Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating.
The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm.
In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.
Tell as many people as possible about this. It could save their lives!!
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