Everyone can remember this Simple S- T - R
During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine and just tripped because of her new shoes. While she appeared a bit shaken up, she stayed at the BBQ the rest of the afternoon. Her husband called later to tell everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital. She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ and at 6:00pm, she died.
If her friends had known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps she would still be with us today. Some people don’t die from a stroke. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said the problem was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours.
Symptoms of a stroke are not difficult to identify in an adult. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe permanent brain damage when people fail to recognize the early symptoms of a stroke, which usually will paralyze the muscles on only one side of the body.
Doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions.
RECOGNIZING A STROKE
Remember the “3” steps, S – T – R
S– Ask the individual to SMILE it should look natural.
T– Ask the individual to TALK to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. . It is sunny out today)
R– Ask the individual to RAISE BOTH ARMS over their head. Both arms should be the same strength and one should not droop down.
Another easy test is to ask the person to ‘stick’ out their tongue at you… if the tongue goes more to one side or the other – that is also an indication of a stroke.
If they have trouble doing ANY ONE of these tasks, Call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. Don’t wait — just do it.
If everyone who reads this page sends it to 10 people, at least one life will be saved.
Various systems have been proposed to increase recognition of stroke. Different findings are able to predict the presence or absence of stroke to different degrees. Sudden-onset face weakness, arm drift (i.e., if a person, when asked to raise both arms, involuntarily lets one arm drift downward) and abnormal speech are the findings most likely to lead to the correct identification of a case of stroke, increasing the likelihood by 5.5 when at least one of these is present.
Stroke Symptoms and Signs
The symptoms of a stroke vary depending upon the area of the brain affected by a lack of oxygen. All strokes involve symptoms that relate to impairment of nerve function. The symptoms typically arise suddenly and most commonly occur on one side of the body.
Symptoms and signs of stroke can include:
- tingling, or
- vision loss or changes.
- changes in the level of consciousness,
- trouble speaking,
- trouble understanding speech,
- vertigo, and balance problems are other common symptoms.
- Headache, nausea, and vomiting sometimes accompany a stroke, particularly when the stroke involves bleeding inside the brain.
- Stroke symptoms typically start suddenly, over seconds to minutes, and in most cases do not progress further. The symptoms depend on the area of the brain affected. The more extensive the area of the brain affected, the more functions that are likely to be lost. Some forms of stroke can cause additional symptoms. For example, in intracranial hemorrhage, the affected area may compress other structures. Most forms of stroke are not associated with a headache.
“The deeds you do today may be the only sermon some people will hear today.” — Saint Francis of Assisi