Sometimes symptoms of a
stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack
of awareness can spell disaster. The stroke victim may suffer
brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms
of a stroke.
Now doctors say that even
a bystander can easily recognize a stroke by asking three simple
Can you smile?
Can you raise
both your arms and keep them up?
for me this simple sentence.
up a simple sentence.)
If he or she has trouble with any of
these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms
to the dispatcher. Any sign of weakness in the face, slurred
speech, or weakness or numbness in the limbs can then be evaluated
by medical professionals immediately upon arrival at the scene.
If stroke victims are given proper help within three (3) hours
of a stroke, the ability for the person to recover is greatly
These conclusions were accepted and
reported by the American Stroke
Association in February
2003. If more everyday people knew about these three simple
questions, lives could be saved starting now.
So tell as many people as possible. It's
not if, but when it will save a life.
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