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How to recognize a stroke

Symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify, and this lack of awareness can spell disaster for somebody who could otherwise be saved. Neurologists point out that the damage to a stroke victim can be reversed IF PEOPLE AROUND THEM UNDERSTOOD WHAT WAS HAPPENING AND TOOK THE NECESSARY ACTION. It’s imperative that the victim get in medical hands within three hours, and the first step is for others to know what’s happening. Remember that during a stroke, the victim’s ability to communicate is impaired.

There are three simple steps to recognizing a stroke. Take the first three letters of stroke, S-T-R, and:

1. Tell the victim to Smile.
2. Tell the person to Talk. (Like, ask them their address.)
3. Tell them too Raise both arms.

If she has trouble with any one of these tasks, Call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

*A newly discovered symptom of a stroke: Tell the person to stick out their tongue. If the tongue is crooked, they could be having a stroke. Pick up the phone.

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