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You’ve heard us emphasize the importance of the oral systemic link, which is why we are sharing this important news!

You can save a life by knowing the indicators of a stroke. A neurologist can reverse the effects of a stroke if that victim gets to the doctor within 3 hours. The trick is to know the signs!

Identifying a Stroke

Please take a minute to read this tragic story:

During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) …she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Jane’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – at 6:00 PM Jane passed away. She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ.

Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

Recognizing a Stroke with These 4 Tasks

  1. Ask the victim to SMILE
  2. Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK a simple sentence coherently
  3. Ask the individual to RAISE both arms
  4. Ask him or her to stick out their TONGUE

For the first 3 tasks, if the individual has any trouble with ANY of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. When the person sticks out his or her tongue, see if the tongue is crooked. If it goes to one side or the other, this is an indication of a stroke.

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