Ever receive an e-mail and think, “Can this possibly be true?” Check it out at Snopes.com. They give truth ratings (true, false, multiple truth values, undetermined) as well as the history behind the e-mail.
I just received the S.T.R. (Smile, Talk, Raise both arms) e-mail. According to Snopes, this test for stroke was presented at the 2003 International Stroke Conference. While successful in a small study, this has not been endorsed by the American Stroke Association who says stroke warning signs are:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
Know the signs and save a life. Know your facts and pass them on.