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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9 years ago

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.

9 years ago
Reply to  sandy

At age 47, I suffered mini strokes from a staph infection and completely lost my vision for many hours. A month later I was still having trouble reading the newspaper. My vision gradually improved and I’ve have been driving for 7 years since, so keep the faith. I was told by my neurologist that the brain continues to repair itself and healthy cells take over for damaged ones. Keep praying and eat lots of spinach and heathy (body repairing) foods.

Vera K.
9 years ago

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

ken eaton
9 years ago

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.

Melinda Seymour
8 years ago
Reply to  ken eaton

I agree with you! We need to take more responsibility for our health by educating ourselves about nutrition, supplements and alternative treatments other than allopathic, traditional treatment of disease. Our bodies are created to heal itself if we provide the correct feeding of vitamins and minerals. We have been duped into believing that treating symptoms will get us well especially if the treatment continually is full of prescription drugs and surgery to solve every problem. We need to treat the root of the health problem, not putting bandaids on every medical issue. Look for a Naturalpathic Dr. In your area to get a 2nd opinion. You would be greatly surprised with your results and you won’t be throw a bunch of prescription drugs that are only hurting you with other symptoms!

8 years ago

it lasts until he gets out. and it only applies to the mraitliy members, whilst doing their jobs. so if he comes home and dies, they wont cover him.atleast not in Australia anyway.

jack mancusi
9 years ago

excellent article. keep bringing them!!!

Gail Cooley
9 years ago

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
9 years ago

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.
9 years ago

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
9 years ago

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?

Karen F. Eby
9 years ago

The 3 hr window is the first thing but not the only thing. If you have had surgery, a previous head injury, bleeding problems anywhere, previous heart attack and heart problems and a couple other problems it can’t be given no matter what your age. I am sorry you Mom didn’t qualify.

Joseph Meichtry
9 years ago
Reply to  Karen F. Eby

Thank you for making me aware of how to recognize a stroke & what to do for it.

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