Recognizing a Stroke: Remember STR

brain2%255b1%255d[1]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.)

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9 comments on “Recognizing a Stroke: Remember STR

    • Hi Margaret,

      I think you are definitely correct. Just several months ago, my brother who is four years older than myself, suffered a stroke. We prayed that the Lord would touch his body, and we rallied around him, to support him in any way possible. I’m not sure he knew about the STR steps, but he realized he was in need of immediate medical attention, when he became symptomatic. Thank God, he is doing much much better. Although he has not completely recovered the strength in his leg and arm, he is able to do what he was called by God to do, which is to preach the Word of God. He has resumed his duties as Bishop, and is getting on with life. Thanks be to God!

      Thanks so much for stopping by. May God continue to bless you richly.


    • Hello Ann,

      Many who read this post, may be familiar with the steps listed. However, if I can newly share the information with just one person, it was definitely worth posting. God bless!


    • Hello Todd,

      It’s nice to hear from you. After doing a little bit of research, I tried to write the article, as simply and concisely as possible. I would hope the readers went to the web pages, by clicking on the hyperlinks. There is a lot of helpful information on those links. As I said in a different comment, if this information can be helpful to one individual, then it will definitely have been worth posting.

      I have been peeking in on the conversation that’s going on, on your blog.

      Take care, and God bless!


  1. Hi Paulette.
    While many of us know these steps, it is good to be reminded, and reminded often. One never knows when we might be in a situation where this knowledge can save a person’s life or ensure a rapid recovery from the problems.

    • Hello Angela,

      Thank you so much for your comment. That is exactly why I decided to post it. As always, I appreciate your input.

      May God continue to bless you richly.


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