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:
S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
T *Ask him or her to TALK and SPEAK A
SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
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.
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.