Can you recognize the signs of a stroke?
March 14, 2008 5:15pm CST
As the canadian and american population ages, strokes are becoming more frequent among the elderly and the not so elderly, most of the time people do not even realize they had one, they slip and fall and blame in out their shoes, something was in the way etc, but it could be a stroke, and if left unattended they could die in three hours, here is what you need to look out for. 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 and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. It is sunny out today) R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS. If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 999/911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: 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. have you ever had a stroke or do you know someone who has, and have they recovered, or semi recovered or pass away?
• United States
15 Mar 08
my husband had a stroke and his speach was really missed up but that was it the doctor put him on plaviv, so now he gets mini strokes and there is nothing they can do for them because as fast as they come they are gone. he gets dizzy alot and falls, he is diabetic and sometime he will be numb from the waist down to his toes, so he is in a powershair, he can't walk to good but I watch him very closely.and beleive me it hurts me alot seeing him go down. he has worked for years lifting and working jobs that required bending etc.etc, being married almost 18 years this november he is the love of my life and knowing what he has done and seen in his like it really hurts me alot and breaks my heart to see him go down.