What Are Signs of a Stroke?

December 16, 2013

Inspired by a story of a woman falling down at a BBQ, and suffering a stroke unbeknownst to those around her causing her to pass away, below are 4 quick ways to test someone of they’ve had a stroke.  If they are unable to perform any of the following tasks, call 911 or seek help immediately.


What Are the Signs of a Stroke? How Does One Recognize a Stroke?

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.


A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (or ruptures). When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it and brain cells die.
(Source: http://www.strokeassociation.org)


3 Key Indicators:

S - Ask the individual to SMILE.

T - Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. Chicken Soup). Also, ask the person to stick out their tongue. If it is crooked or goes to one side it is an indication of a stroke.

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.


There has been a 4th indicator added to this method:

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.

If treated in the first 3 hours, Doctors say there is a better chance of mobility lost and it raises the survival rate.


Sources: SeniorsGuideOnline.com, www.strokeassociation.org


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