Stroke Recognition Made Simple

// December 8th, 2008 // Blog

I have a somewhat strange ‘Īd gift for you all. My friend SimSim (as named by Organica) is a physiotherapist, and up till recently worked in the Stroke Unit at the local hospital. She forwarded me the following information via email. I pray that none of you ever have to use it, but if you do, then maybe it'll save someone's life, God-willing.

STROKE: Remember the first three Letters… S.T.R.

STROKE IDENTIFICATION:

During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics). She said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They cleaned her up and fetched her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – at 6:00 pm, Ingrid passed away. She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today.

Some don't die… they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

The sooner the condition is treated, the higher the chance of a complete recovery; however, the window of opportunity is very small – a matter of hours – which means one needs to identify the problem immediately.

RECOGNIZING A STROKE

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

  1. S – Ask the individual to SMILE.
  2. T – Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently), e.g., “It is sunny out today?”
  3. R – Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

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

New Sign of a Stroke: Stick out Your Tongue

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

SimSim also developed her own similar system named S.T.A.R.:

  1. S – SPEAK a simple sentence
  2. T – Stick out the TONGUE
  3. A – AMBULATE – does the person have difficulty walking?
  4. R – RAISE both arms

Please memorize, and feel free to copy and paste the above, in order to forward the life-saving information on to your contacts.

6 Responses to “Stroke Recognition Made Simple”

  1. Organica says:

    Me like simsim.

  2. ammena says:

    wow… Im sorry to hear about this sis… but if something good comes out of your post alhamdulillah.

  3. ammena says:

    hmm.. never read the beginning paragraph *blush* thanks for the information :D

  4. sodz says:

    really interesting stuff…inshallah no-one gets 2 the stage where they have a stroke..

  5. Mezba says:

    Nice.. I got this in my email today too… very simple to remember!

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