source : http://www.healthcentral.com/heart-disease/c/67813/30370/remember-1st You could save a life. STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters... S.T.R . 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 BBQ, 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 BBQ. 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... STROKE IDENTIFICATION: 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 SIMPLESENTENCE (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 000 immediately!<wbr>! 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….. PASS THIS ON…. Thanks. sujatha.