Thursday, March 27, 2008

How To Identify A Stroke And Why You Must Act Quickly

This is such important information that I have copied it here word for word including the initial story which emphasizes how critical it is to identify a stroke straight away and take action immediately.


During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food - while she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the afternoon. Ingrid's husband called later saying that his wife had been taken to the hospital and 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 stroke victims don't die, they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within three hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke . . . totally. He said the trick was having a stroke recognized, diagnosed and then getting the patient medically cared for within three hours, which is tough.

Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps.

Read and Learn!

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 recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

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

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
T *Ask the person to TALK, to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE. (Coherently) (i.e. . . It is sunny out today)
R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue . if the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke

If he or she has trouble with any one of these tasks, call an emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

You also need to know that there is a three hour window to receive throbolitics after a stroke. If a person gets this medication in that time frame there is a bigger chance of them not having paralysis or brain damage.


  1. Hi Nicola,

    Great article on 'How to identify a stroke'.
    I just looked over your site and blog and found them very insightful and informative.
    By the way, happy birthday, as March 30th, is mine as well. Only a couple of years ahead of you.
    Trusting all that you wish for, be the very least you receive.
    Blessings, Love and Light,

    Dr James D Swann

  2. Thank you for your kind comments James and a very Happy Birthday to you too!

    And may your generous blessings return to you a hundredfold.



  3. High blood pressure could also cause aneurisms. I remember my late uncle he died due to aneurism which the predisposing factor was hypertension. Really we need to be careful on what we eat. And check our family background if hypertension is in the blood line so be careful on the lifestyle.