Do you know the indicators for a stroke?
We may all need a reminder from time to time, and a fourth indicator has recently been added to the list.
First 3 steps: STR – and add one more!
- S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
- T *Ask the person to TALK and repeat a simple sentence
- R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
The New Sign of a Stroke ——– Stick out Your Tongue If the individual’s tongue is crooked, this is another stroke indicator.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
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.
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. The trick is recognizing a stroke and getting medical care quickly.