Remember The 1st Three Letters. . . S.T.R.
STROKE IDENTIFICATION : During a Barbecue, a friend stumbled and took a little fall. She assured everyone that she was fine and had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. (they had offered to call paramedics). They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food and while she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid 's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital. (at 6:00 PM, Ingrid passed away).
She had suffered a stroke at the Barbecue. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead. A neurologist stated that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.
RECOGNIZING A STROKE : Remember the '3' steps S. T. R. 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* Ask the person to 'talk,' to 'speak a simple sentence in a fluent manner . ( i.e., It is a sunny day today).
R* Ask them to 'Raise Both Arms'.
NOTE: Another sign of a stroke is this:Ask the person to 'stick out' their tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked' that is if it goes to one side of the mouth or the other, it is an indication of a stroke. If they have trouble with 'any one' of these it is an indication of a stroke.