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Signs of a stroke: Letters to the editor, May 17, 2019

Iliana Prudente, a Community Regional Medical Center emergency department patient liaison, helped to save two lives by being alert and getting help when she noticed visitors in the waiting room were in medical distress. One of the patients was having a stroke; the other was having a heart attack.
Iliana Prudente, a Community Regional Medical Center emergency department patient liaison, helped to save two lives by being alert and getting help when she noticed visitors in the waiting room were in medical distress. One of the patients was having a stroke; the other was having a heart attack. Fresno Bee file

Know the signs of a stroke happening

As the medical directors of Fresno’s stroke programs, we appreciate Monday’s article on the high local incidence of stroke. We can do better. Primary prevention directed by your primary care physician remains paramount.

Stroke is a medical emergency. Too many patients arrive too late. Local hospitals have invested time, talent and money to make rapid stroke intervention available in our emergency departments 24/7/365. But, unless patients arrive quickly, physicians can do little.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death, but fourth in people over age 65, and the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Stroke is a potentially treatable medical emergency. “Be Fast” to recognize stroke symptoms:

B=Balance (sudden loss of balance)

E=Eye (loss of vision in one or both eyes)

F=Face (face looks uneven or drooped)

A=Arm (arm weak or numb)

S=Speech (Slurred speech or trouble speaking)

T=Time to call 9-1-1

Time lost is brain lost! Recognizing the signs of stroke-like symptoms by individuals, family/friends is of paramount importance. Call 9-1-1 (or local eemergency medical services-EMS) to facilitate rapid evaluation and treatment in one of our Fresno hospitals, i.e. Kaiser Permanente, St. Agnes and Community Regional Medical Center.

Drs. Alan M. Birnbaum, Amir Khan and Trilok Puniani, Stroke Program Directors, St. Agnes Medical Center, Community Regional Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente

There are jobs, and then survival

Yes, we need jobs, but we need our environment safe for our kids and their kids and their kids. We can’t compromise Mother Earth — what other planet can we go to?

Yeah, I don't know either! So let’s protect our only home because losing it ain’t worth a few jobs or a few thousand.

Fernando Casas, Fresno

Say it enough, they’ll buy it

Recently, the Fresno Bee quoted Sen. Rick Scott of Florida repeating the phrase “freedom and democracy” six times. In another sentence, the phrasing was, “Every other democracy in the world that cares about freedom.” The title of the article: “Fla. Senator calls for US military action.” The topic — Venezuela.

Repeat after me, children (fill in your favorite rote-learning nursery rhyme here).

Fact: Venezuela has vast quantities of untapped oil.

Obama used the word terrorism, or a variation thereof, nearly 1,500 times while in office. Joseph Goebbels said: “Repeat a lie often enough, and people will believe it.” His boss had a funny little black mustache.

Let’s ask the people of Iraq about “freedom and democracy.” We’ve freed almost 1.5 million Iraqi souls from the mundane concerns of being alive for the low cost of $4.8 trillion, and a few thousand American soldiers also.

There’s a word when something is propounded through repetition, a proponent of a proposition propagates a proposed proposal. The word is — propaganda.

In other news, from the freshly democratized country of Iraq, Exxon-Mobil is planning a $53 billion deal with Petro-China.

I guess it’s simply — a light-sweet-crude, coincidence — right?

Rich Lagomarsino, Fresno

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