- SOMETHING WE ALL NEED TO KNOW, IS IT A
- Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to
identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster.
The stroke victim may suffer 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:
*Ask the individual to SMILE
*Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
*Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE.
If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately
and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
After discovering that a group of nonmedical volunteers could identify
facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the
general public to learn the three questions. They presented their
conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last
February. Widespread use of this test could result in prompt
diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage.