Posted on: January 17, 2011 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

Blood clots and heart strokes are potentially fatal or disabling. Victims could be saved if a bystander recognises the symptoms, and gets medical help within three hours.

A stroke renders the victim incapable of controlling facial muscles, talking coherently, raising arms, or controllling tongue muscles. If the tongue is bent to one side, that may be a a stroke indicator.

Heart strokes are potentially fatal, or could damage the brain or other organs enough to make victims lead helpless lives.

Stroke response drill

Victims are likely to stumble, fall, collapse, slump, slur.

Respond with urgency and courtesy;

‘You may be suffering a stroke! I want to help you! We must test the symptoms of stroke, could you;
S Smile?
T Talk to me?
R Raise both arms?
O Open your mouth and stick out your tongue straight?

If he or she has trouble with any one of these responses, call an emergency number and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

Tell the victim that he or she requires medical help within three hours, regardless or rapid recovery.

Most victims recover enough within minutes to walk away or to call off medical help, placing themselves at risk of death or disability for life.

Stroke effects could be reversed within three hours of the event, provided the stroke is recognised, diagnosed, followed by professional medical help.

Lack of awareness spells disaster for the victim. First aiders should brush up on stroke symptoms and response, but any bystander could save a life by awareness and a simple procedure.

Save yourself from stroke by coughing

If you think you are suffering a heart attack, cough hard. Call for help and make an emergency call if you can, and keep on coughing while you wait for help.

Coughing draws oxygen into lungs and blood, massages the heart, and helps your body to return to its biological rhythms.


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