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Many of you may have already read about this, but I thought it to be of value.




INFORMATION  EVERYONE SHOULD  KNOW......................... 
lood  Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator,  the Tongue

I will continue to forward this every time it comes around!

Remember  the 1st Three Letters....S.T.R. 

My nurse friend sent this and encouraged me to post it and spread the word.
I agree.

If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks. Seriously..

Please  read:

During a  BBQ, a friend 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, 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 6:00  pm 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...

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.


Thank God for the sense to 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  *
Ask  the person to 
(i.e. It  is sunny out today.)
 *Ask  him or her to 

If  he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these  tasks, call emergency numberimmediately and  describe the symptoms to the  dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE:  Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue.. If the tongue  is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other,
 that is also an indication of a stroke.



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Exercise Eases Fibromyalgia Symptoms: Study

By Randy Dotinga
HealthDay Reporter
Monday, November 12, 2007; 12:00 AM

MONDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise may seem best at preventing illness rather than treating it, but a new study suggests that low-impact physical activity could make an immediate difference for people with one tough-to-treat condition: fibromyalgia.

Women with the little-understood chronic pain syndrome who exercised moderately for four months reported feeling better in a number of ways.

The study didn't say how much more likely the women were to feel better after adopting an exercise regimen, and it's not clear how long the effects last. Still, the findings are promising, said study lead author Daniel S. Rooks, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

"Exercise should become a part of the treatment plan for people with fibromyalgia," Rooks said. "Basic, simple walking, starting slow and gradually improving, as well as basic flexibility training should be part of what people do to help themselves."

Fibromyalgia causes intense pain and can produce fatigue, insomnia and other symptoms. An estimated 3.5 percent of U.S. women suffer from the syndrome, compared to 0.5 percent of men.

There has been much debate about fibromyalgia, particularly over the role that mental health may play in its progression. Treatment options include pain medications, antidepressants and counseling.

Doctors often recommend exercise as a treatment, but it hasn't been clear exactly what kinds of physical activity should be recommended, Rooks said.


Hot Flashes Linked

to High Blood Pressure

Content provided by Reuters
Monday, April 9, 2007

NEW YORK Reuters Health - While past research has shown a link between menopause and high blood pressure, a new study suggests there is a relationship between hot flashes and high blood pressure, independent of menopausal status. In the study, reported in the journal Menopause, ambulatory blood pressure monitors worn for 24 hours recorded awake and sleep blood pressure of 154 women, ranging in age from 18 to 65 years (with an average age of 46), no previous cardiovascular disease and either mildly elevated or normal blood pressure.

One third of the women reported having hot flashes within the past 2 weeks, note Dr. Linda Gerber of Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, and colleagues.

The average values for systolic blood pressure (the top number of the blood pressure reading), while awake and asleep were significantly higher in the women who had experienced hot flashes compared with women who did not.

In women with hot flashes, average systolic awake and sleep blood pressure was 141 and 129 mm Hg, respectively - this compared with 132 and 119 mm Hg, respectively, for women not reporting hot flashes. Hot flashes continued to predict higher systolic awake and sleep systolic blood pressure after controlling for race, ethnicity, body mass index and "even after adjusting for whether they were premenopausal, menopausal, or postmenopausal," Gerber said in a statement.

Studies are needed, the investigators say, to determine if hot flashes cause high blood pressure or if they are related to one or more shared factors, such as elevations in the sympathetic nerve system.

If there is a causal relationship, then additional research to better understand the underlying this relationship may help identify treatment that can reduce the affect of hot flashes on blood pressure.

SOURCE: Menopause, March/April 2007.

Reuters Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited