Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Signs of a Stroke

Okay, I'm not a medical professional but a buddy of mine sent me an e-mail with three tests anyone can perform to determine if someone has had a stroke. All you need to do is remember the first three letters of the word stroke.

Here they are:

S - Ask the person to smile and/or say a simple declaratve sentence like 'It's sunny outside today.'
T - Ask the person to stick out their tongue
R - Ask the person to raise both arms

If the suspected stroke victim is unable to do one or more of these tasks in a normal way... like their tongue twists to one side, or one arm won't move or their smile is off... it could be that they have had a stroke and you need to get them to the hospital ASAP. There can be other reasons for these symptoms but it's best to let the professionals figure it out.

Just thought you'd like to know.

And thanks to Barbara for the information.

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