According to a many neurologists, if you are able to get help for someone who is suspected of having a stoke within 3 hours of the initial onset, the effects of the stroke can be completely reversed.
The hard part is to recognize, then diagnose and get the patient to a medical emergency room within 3 hours.
If one can remember the first three letters of the work STROKE, then here are the three simple questions that will diagnose a stroke victim.
- First, (S), ask the person to SMILE.
- Second, (T), (TALK), ask the person to speak a simple sentence. When they are speaking, make sure they are saying the words completely. Ask the person to repeat the words. You might say to the person, how is the weather today?
- Third, (R), ask the person to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
If the person has trouble with any or all of these, please call 911 and explain to the dispatcher what is happening and request immediate care.
There is also one other sign of a STROKE. Ask the person to STICK OUT THEIR TONGUE. If the tongue is crooked, that is, it goes to one side or the other, then it is a possible stroke.
A stoke is caused by a blood clot cutting off circulation to the brain as the blood is unable to pass by the clot. The results, if left untreated, can be catastrophic to the person. Remember, “ S.T.R.”