RECOGNIZING A STROKE
> Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps, STR . Read and
> Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are 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 to SPEAK A
> SIMPLE SENTENCE
> (Coherently) (i.e. .
> . It is sunny out today)
> R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS .
> *NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to
> 'stick' out their
> tongue . If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes
> to one side or the other,
> that is also an indication of a stroke. If he or
> she has trouble with
> ANY ONE of these tasks