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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