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(Posted May 8th 2017 @ 3:50 PM by: Wanda Fielder)
Remember the "3" steps, S T R. Read and Learn!
If a stroke victim can get to a neurologist within 3 hours, the effects of a stroke can be totally reversed. The trick is getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within this time limit. Symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. The lack of awareness can spell disaster. Doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three questions:
S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
T *Ask the person to TALK… to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently. . . It is sunny out today.)
R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
NOTE: Another 'sign': Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue... if the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side that is also an indication of a stroke.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.