Health & Wellness

Recognizing the Signs of a Stroke

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The victim may suffer severe brain damage  when people nearby fail to recognize the  symptoms of a stroke. Neurologists says that if a stroke is recognized, diagnosed, and the patient gets medical care within 3 hours, the chances of recovery are substantially increased.

A bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

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)

A = And

R = Ask  him or her to RAISE BOTH  ARMS.

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

Stick Out Your Tongue – Another Sign of a Stroke

If the tongue  is crooked, if it goes to one side or the  other, that is  also an indication of a  stroke.

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I suffered a stroke about a week ago – I have lost my perephial vision on the left side and wonder if there are any positive experiences out there regarding regainingg the sight. I am way too young to not be able to drive. Thanks you one and all.

Vera K.

Thank you for this article and video. I printed it so that it can be found easily for our entire family.

ken eaton

It is good to know the signs of a stroke but it is better to protect our bodies from having one;or other sicknesses like cancer,diabetes or heart problems. If you are really interested in good health, read EAT TO LIVE By JOEL FUHRMAN,M.D. The solution is not easy. And you won’t be getting continually sicker like following the answers from the Medical Establishment.

jack mancusi

excellent article. keep bringing them!!!

Gail Cooley

What a great article! My mom had several small strokes before she passed three years ago. Each time she had one she would start repeating the same word several times i.e. seven,seven,seven. She was able to recover almost all her base with us moving her muscles right away and getting her moving as soon as medically posible. The drs. said this also was inportant to regain control of weakened muscles. Please keep up the great work amac. You truly are making a difference.

Geraldine Dellenback

What an excellent video! Great idea as a warning, and informational! Such easy medical procedures are a boon to those of us who are elderly!

There is a new CPR technique called something like 2 hands. That and the Heimlich maneuver would save lives as well.

I never saw AARP do anything like this!
Great job! Thank you!

Dave W.

My wife had a TIA (mini stroke) two years ago. I have for the last 5 years carried two Aspirin tablets with me at all times as recommended by various stroke/heart attack doctors literature. I gave her one tablet and told her to chew it with no water and swallow per the literature recommendations. We immediately drove to the closest hospital emergency room. I was told by the doctors there that these actions prevented further brain involvement and any serious consequences. Their only comment was, next time call 911, after the Aspirin. I have since learned from her doctors that if the person is on serious blood thinning meds then the Aspirin should not be administered because it will cause more damage to the system. ALWAYS CALL 911 is the key.

Kathleen Nichols

When my mother suffered a stroke, we got her to the hospital within 2 hours. They tested her, but would not give her the medicine to prevent severe damage. We were told she was too old (85), and because she was on blood thinners already they said she could bleed to death. Consequently she had to enter a nursing home. What is the age limit for dispensing this type of medicine?