Would you know if your spouse or parent
was having a stroke? Not all strokes are
what the common person thinks of.
Not all strokes have your limb go limp
right away. Not all have immediate slur.
These are just a few things to do, if you
are in doubt.
RECOGNIZING A STROKE
here is something to remember
the "3" steps, STRoke 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
S * Ask the individual to SMILE.
T * Ask the person to TALK and
SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE
(Coherently) (I.e. It is sunny out today)
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
If he or she has trouble with ANY
ONE of these tasks, call 911
immediately and describe the symptoms
to the dispatcher.
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.
Remember if you can get the person to the
hospital in less than an hour.. that person can
get a shot, that might reverse it, or at least lessen it.