My friend sent this to me …and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agree. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks.STROKE IDENTIFICATION:
During a party, a friend stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine and just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. (they offered to call ambulance)They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food – while she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – (at 6:00pm , Ingrid passed away.)
She had suffered a stroke at the party . Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today.
Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead. It only takes a minute to read this…
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.
RECOGNIZING A STROKE
Remember the ‘3’ steps, STR . Read and Learn!
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster.
The stroke victim may suffer severe 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 :
S * Ask the individual to SMILE ..
T * = TALK. Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (eg ‘It is sunny out today’).
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS .
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call the ambulance and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
NOTE : Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is
1. Ask the person to ‘stick’ out their tongue.
2. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.
A prominent 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.
And it could be your own
A chat with Dr. Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya (Heart Specialist), Bangalore was arranged by one company for its employees. The transcript of the chat is given below. It is useful for everyone.
Q: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart?
1. Diet – Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil
2. Exercise – Half an hour walk, at least five days a week; avoid lifts and avoid sitting for a longtime
3. Quit smoking
4. Control weight
5. Control blood pressure and sugar
Q: Is eating non-veg food (fish) good for the heart?
Q: It’s still a grave shock to hear that some apparently healthy person gets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective?
A: This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.
Q: Are heart diseases hereditary?
Q: What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you suggest to de-stress?
A: Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.
Q: Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?
A: Walking is better than jogging since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints
Q: You have done so much for the poor and needy. What has inspired you to do so?
A: Mother Theresa, who was my patient.
Q: Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?
A: Extremely rare.
Q: Does cholesterol accumulates right from an early age (I’m currently only 22) or do you have to worry about it only after you are above 30 years of age?
A: Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.
Q: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart?
A: You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body’s enzyme release for digestion gets confused.
Q: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?
A: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.
Q: Which is the best and worst food for the heart?
A: Fruits and vegetables are the best and the worst is oil.
Q: Which oil is better – groundnut, sunflower, olive?
A: All oils are bad.
Q: What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?
A: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.
Q: What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?
A: Help the person into a sleeping position, place an aspirin tablet under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush him to a coronary care unit since the maximum casualty takes place within the first hour.
Q: How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?
A: Extremely difficult without ECG.
Q: What is the main cause of a steep increase in heart problems amongst youngsters? I see people of about 30-40 years of age having heart attacks and serious heart problems.
A: Increased awareness has increased incidents. Also, sedentary lifestyles, smoking, junk food, lack of exercise in a country where people are genetically three times more vulnerable for heart attacks than Europeans and Americans.
Q: Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?
Q: Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart problems for the child. Is it true?
A: Yes, co-sanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities and you may not have a software engineer as a child
Q: Many of us have an irregular daily routine and many a times we have to stay late nights in office. Does this affect our heart? What precautions would you recommend?
A: When you are young, nature protects you against all these irregularities. However, as you grow older, respect the biological clock.
Q: Will taking anti-hypertensive drugs cause some other complications (short / long term)?
A: Yes, most drugs have some side effects. However, modern anti-hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.
Q: Will consuming more coffee/tea lead to heart attacks?
Q: Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?
Q: How would you define junk food?
A: Fried food like Kentucky , McDonalds , samosas, and even masala dosas.
Q: You mentioned that Indians are three times more vulnerable. What is the reason for this, as Europeans and Americans also eat a lot of junk food?
A: Every race is vulnerable to some disease and unfortunately, Indians are vulnerable for the most expensive disease.
Q: Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?
Q: Can a person help himself during a heart attack (Because we see a lot of forwarded emails on this)?
A: Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin tablet of any description under the tongue and ask someone to take you to the nearest coronary care unit without any delay and do not wait for the ambulance since most of the time, the ambulance does not turn up.
Q: Do, in any way, low white blood cells and low hemoglobin count lead to heart problems?
A: No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin level to increase your exercise capacity.
Q: Sometimes, due to the hectic schedule we are not able to exercise. So, does walking while doing daily chores at home or climbing the stairs in the house, work as a substitute for exercise?
A: Certainly. Avoid sitting continuously for more than half an hour and even the act of getting out of the chair and going to another chair and sitting helps a lot.
Q: Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?
A: Yes, strong relationships since diabetics are more vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.
Q: What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?
A: Diet, exercise, drugs on time, Control cholesterol, BP, weight.
Q: Are people working on night shifts more vulnerable to heart disease when compared to day shift workers?
Q: What are the modern anti-hypertensive drugs?
A: There are hundreds of drugs and your doctor will chose the right combination for your problem, but my suggestion is to avoid the drugs and go for natural ways of controlling blood pressure by walk, diet to reduce weight and changing attitudes towards lifestyles.
Q: Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks?
Q: Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men than in women?
A: Nature protects women till the age of 45. (Present Global census show that the Percentage of heart disease in women has increased than in men)
Q: How can one keep the heart in a good condition?
A: Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food, exercise every day, do not smoke and, go for health checkup s if you are past the age of 30 ( once in six months recommended).
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