RECOGNIZING A STROKE….The S T R method (first 3 letters in stroke)

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness can spell disaster as the stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. 

It may be possible to recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

*Ask the individual to SMILE.

*Ask him or her to TALK and SPEAK A


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 emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke ——– Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is this: Ask the person to ‘stick’ out his tongue. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.


About Diane Kress

Author of The New York Times Bestseller; The Metabolism Miracle, The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook, and The Diabetes Miracle. and The Metabolism Miracle, Revised Edition. Owner, developer, and administrator of The Metabolism Miracle's support site: Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Email:
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One Response to RECOGNIZING A STROKE….The S T R method (first 3 letters in stroke)

  1. Jeremy says:

    This is good information to know. I have heard so many stories about people having strokes and not even knowing it or ever going to the doctor. It seems like if more people had the information in this post that more people would know to get the help when they need it instead of waiting for their health to worsen.

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