I recently received an email, about this subject from a family member, and thought it would be something to post here. But I decided that before I posted it, I would verify the information with the American Stroke Association, a sub-part of the American Heart Association. My intention here are simple, to give people the information needed, so that they may be able recognize a stroke.
Here is there reply;
"We are pleased that you contacted your American Stroke Association (a division of the American Heart Association) for information.
In response to your email, yes there are three questions you can ask to recognize a stroke:
This might be a lifesaver if you can remember the following advice, sent by a nurse, whose husband is a medical doctor.
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. A stroke victim may suffer permanent brain damage when people fail to recognize what's happening. Now, doctors say any bystander can recognize a stroke, simply by asking three questions:
· 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 911 immediately, and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. Researchers are urging the general public to learn to ask these three questions quickly, to someone they suspect of having a stroke. Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of a stroke, and prevent permanent brain damage.
This is accurate information. This study was done in February 2003. Below is the link where you can read more about this study.
We hope this information is helpful. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to write again or call 1-888-4STROKE.
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