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.
Doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
1. Ask the individual to SMILE.
2. Ask the person to TALK to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. It is sunny out today.)
3. Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side
or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately!! and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
Hope this helps.
Chuck the old man :>)
AMWTP Training Instructor
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Diagnosed with PPMS May, 2006
but still working at the present.
Tried just about everything there is for MS, including Tysabri
Waiting to start Cytoxin Treatments soon.
Post Edited (bohuck2) : 3/31/2009 12:28:01 PM (GMT-6)