Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Recognizing a stroke


Neurologists say that if they can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours they can totally reverse the effects of a stroke.


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 * = TALK. Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (eg '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 the ambulance and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

NOTE : Another 'sign' of a stroke is

1. Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue.
2. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

A prominent cardiologist says if everyone who gets this status shares it; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.......remember: Smile, Talk, Raise Arms!


  1. Good stuff. A sincere thanks.

  2. So simple to remember! Thanks you so much for sharing...my mother suffered rom mini-strokes and had similar symptoms...especially with the toungue!

  3. Thank you for this! My grandad died from a stroke last year and seeing him in the hospital was the hardest thing I have ever done!

    He had a mini stroke first and then a major one a couple of days later.

  4. This can be so helpful and should be known by all. Thanks!

  5. I just took a recertification CPR class and they covered a lot more about stroke this round than in previous classes. Always good to know! Always!!!

  6. Thanks for posting. I've seen this all before, but I tend to forget most of the details. Reminders on this are always welcome.


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