Recognising a stroke


A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within a few hours he can significantly limit the effects of a stroke. The trick is getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within a few hours, which is tough.

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 recognise the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognise a stroke by asking three simple questions:

Ask the individual to SMILE.
Ask the person to TALK coherently and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (i.e. It is sunny out today)
Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

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.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call the emergency services immediately and describe the symptoms.

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