When it is suspected that someone may be suffering from a stroke, time is of the essence! It is critical that a person be assessed, and that they receive medical treatment immediately after showing any signs of possibly suffering a stroke. For a layperson, who could be a family member, a friend, or even a stranger, who might happen to be present while someone is in distress, there are ways to quickly assess whether or not a person may actually be suffering from a stroke. An easy way to remember what to do, is simply to remember three letters, STR. These three steps are important in determining whether or not a person is suffering from a stroke. First of all, S stands for asking the individual to smile. Secondly, T stands for asking the individual to talk to, or speak a simple sentence coherently. Thirdly, the R is a reminder to ask the person to raise their arms. If a person is having difficulty with any of these steps, it’s important to dial 911 immediately.
There is new information now, that will also help to determine whether or not a person is suffering from a stroke. Something else to look for, is what happens when a person is asked to stick out their tongue. After doing so, if the tongue is crooked, or if it goes from one side to the other, this can also be a sign of suffering a stroke. Remember, time is of the essence! After dialing 911, it is also important to explain the symptoms to the dispatcher.
By simply remembering three letters, STR, and asking someone who may be having a stroke, to stick out their tongue, you may very well help to save a person’s life. You may also be instrumental in giving an individual an opportunity to live life to the fullest after suffering a stroke, because of preventing someone from the prospect of living their life totally or partially paralyzed, or brain-damaged.
(Linda, thank you for sending the e-mail, that prompted me to do a further study on this topic.)