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Monday, December 28, 2009

Seeing STARS or a Life-Endangering Stroke?


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From time to time I receive E-mails filled with knuckle-whitening news of terrible medical realities. This week's scare-fest concerned strokes aka Cerebrovascular Accidents (CVAs). Like other such messages, it was filled with errors, urban legends and irresponsible scare-mongering about the STAR method of identifying strokes (I choose not to share the method with you as it has not been endorsed by leading medical authorities).

I deeply dislike such messages. They mislead unsuspecting innocents, distracting readers from factual Save-a-Life and Quality-of-Life information.

Here's a quick education on some relevant realities:

Get facts from the American Stroke Association.

OK, class. You've read the reality. Take protective action: Skip the scary E-mails with confusing photos and testimonies from folks you've never heard of before.

Want to learn how to cope with a stroke? Read EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.

I plan to be tapping at you again in a few days. I'm off for a brief, well-earned vacation.

Yocheved Golani
Coping with a Medical Crisis?
Make the Changes You Need in Your Life

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