How to Recognise a Stroke
On the left is a poster from the www.stroke.ie that helps to recognise the symptoms of a stroke.
On the right below is a mnemonic device, created by Dr. Jill created in order to help people remember the most important signs of stroke. Please commit these to memory and share them with everyone you know!
S = Speech, or problems with language
T = Tingling, or numbness in your body
R = Remember, or problems with thinking
O = Off-balance, or problems with coordination
K = Killer headache
E = Eyes, or problems with vision
Stroke is a medical emergency. Dial 911.
Strokes aren’t funny – but a little humour can help us recognise the symptoms…
The article below is stolen unashamedly from ZDoggMD as he is using his unique and quirky brand of musical medical humour to highlight the very important issue of Stroke recognition and need for urgent medical care. So without further ado here’s ZDogg….
Strokes aren’t funny. They cause untold suffering, disability, and death on a massive scale each year. Having personally lost both of my grandmothers to stroke at relatively young ages, this issue is deadly serious to me. Apart from preventing a stroke in the first place (that is, controlling diabetes, hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol, stress, heart arrhythmias, etc.), recognizing the signs of stroke early is the best hope of saving brain cells — and lives.
But a recent survey done by UCLA Medical Center showed a ludicrous 73% of folks under 45 wouldn’t seek attention immediately for stroke symptoms, instead electing to wait it out to see if they got better. This despite data showing that hospitalizations for stroke in this younger population have jumped by over 50% since the 1990’s. Worse still, if you can’t recognize the symptoms in yourself, what hope do you have of recognizing and acting on the symptoms in someone else?
Enter The Weeknd. His song “Can’t Feel My Face” pretty much makes every single healthcare provider think of stroke anyways, so why not use it as a vehicle to raise awareness of the symptoms? (The original, after all, is allegedly about cocaine…)
The best part? Pretty much everyone who appears in this video works in healthcare: nurses, stroke coordinators, EMS students and instructors. Share it proudly and save lives!
This video was made possible by the generous support of The Carpenter Foundation, the heart of helping those in need. Since 2003 they’ve been actively seeking solutions and focusing efforts on educational programs that directly promote comfort and dignity in our communities. The Foundation was developed by The Carpenter Health Network, providing services to help patients and families feel comfortable and right at home, no matter what stage of illness or injury they’re facing. (Source: zdoggmd.com)