Recognizing a Stroke
A caregiver advises on how to recognize a stroke
As professional caregivers, we understand that symptoms of a stroke are sometimes difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions: S – Ask the individual to SMILE. T – Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE COHERENTLY. R – Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS. If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. *A NEW SIGN OF A STROKE – STICK OUT YOUR TONGUE Ask the person to stick out his/her tongue. If the tongue is ‘crooked’ – if it goes to one side or the other – that is also an indication of a stroke.