RECOGNIZING A STROKE > Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps, STR . Read and > Learn! > 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