Monday, February 20, 2006

When perfectly nice brains attack

…There was a movement to call strokes “brain attacks.” What happened to that?

…If you suddenly feel draggy, scramble your words, get a splitting headache, or fall, you might be having a stroke. Even the clunkiest Emergency Departments these days have heard of the clot-busting drug called TPA and start it on patients within the prescribed three-hour window.

…Now a new study at the University of Cincinnati says dripping the drug directly onto the clog by passing a tube through the artery into the head gives you a 65% better chance of walking, talking, and functioning.

…The doc said it was like pouring Drano on a hairball.

… Despite that charming description, HA wants it! Strokes run in her family. Her Dad was in the chair for 10 years.

...See the comments section on more stroke symptoms and how to assess a person who might be having one.


Joan Price said...

Hi, Star. You have an interesting blog! Thought you might be interested in these pointers for recognizing a stroke. I can't vouch for the accuracy -- it came to me from Joe Sabah, speaker, author and stroke survivor.


Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer 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:

1. *Ask the individual to SMILE (if unable to smile, or smile is crooked or one side is drooping, call 9-1-1).

2. *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS (if they can’t raise both arms equally above their head, call 9-1-1).

3. *Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. . It is sunny out today) If their voice is garbled or they misuse words, call 9-1-1.

If he or she has trouble with ANY of these tasks, Call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher

An easy way to remember these 3 simple tasks is S-A-S, or Smile, Arms, Speak.


As one of the fitness pros whom you interview from time to time, I thank you for this blog, and I wish you many visitors!

Joan Price
Author of The Anytime, Anywhere Exercise Book: 300+ quick and easy exercises you can do whenever you want!, available from

Star said...

Good advice, thanks, Joan!