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Recognising a stroke

By. Dr. THOMAS KAISER

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MANY NEUROLOGISTS believe that if they can get to a stroke victim within three hours, they can totally reverse the effects of a stroke … totally.

They said the trick was getting a stroke recognised, diagnosed and then getting the patient medically cared for within three hours, which can be difficult.

Sometimes, symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognise the symptoms of a stroke. Now, doctors say a bystander can recognise a stroke by remembering the first three letters of the word stroke and asking three simple questions:

S: Ask the individual to Smile.

T: Ask the person to Talk and say a simple sentence coherently like “it is sunny out today”.

R: Ask him or her to Raise both arms.

Another sign of a stroke is to ask the person to stick out their tongue. If the tongue is crooked, if it goes to one side or the other, that can also be an indication of a stroke.

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