Stroke Symptoms

This might be a lifesaver if we can remember the three questions! Is It
a Stroke? This was published in a monthly newsletter where a friend of
mine lives and he sent it on. I had never heard this advice before and
hadn't a clue. Perhaps you hadn't either and would like to file it away
in the back of your head. 

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. 
the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer
brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a

Now doctors say any bystander can recognize a stroke asking three 
* 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 
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. 

" PASS IT ON... 
The life you save may be your own.

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