Stroke is an all too common disabling event and killer. As we age and as we go through the various treatments to fight our advanced prostate cancer our risks for a stroke only increase. Neurologists claim that if we can get care to a stroke victim within 3 hours of its onset it’s possible to totally reverse the effects. The trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the victim medically cared for within 3 hours.
RECOGNIZING A STROKE – STR
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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
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.)
R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call an emergency number (911) immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
Now A New Sign of a Stroke ——– Stick out Your Tongue
Ask the person to ‘stick’ out their tongue. If the person’s tongue is ‘crooked’; if it goes to one side
or the other this person might have suffered a stroke and needs medical care immediately.
So, remember STRT