STROKE:    Remember the first 3 Letters..... S T  R

STROKE IDENTIFICATION:    A neurologist has said that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours, the results of a stroke can be completely reversed. The stroke needs to be recognised, diagnosed and  the patient needs to be medically cared for within 3 hours.

RECOGNISING A STROKE:    Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognise the symptoms of a stroke. Doctors say a bystander can recognise a stroke by asking three simple questions:

Remember the '3' letters and their steps  S T R 

S  *Ask the individual to SMILE.
T  *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (e.g. is the sun out today).
R  *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call the emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the controller.

Another Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke:

Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.