Saturday, October 07, 2006

How To Recognize a Stroke

I just picked this up on Boing Boing and it seems worthy for disseminating:

How to recognize a stroke quickly

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim quickly he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed and getting to the patient within 3 hours, which is tough. Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. But doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

Ask the individual to SMILE.
Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently, ie: It is sunny out today)

If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

If you are aware of any fundamental error in the above, please tell me! Martha, ask Grant please!

2 Comments:

At 7:57 AM, Anonymous clare said...

Did he say how he reversed the effect of the stroke, Susan? That seems quite an astonishing claim to me.

 
At 12:28 PM, Blogger Susan said...

No, he didn't, Clare. This is a snippet I gleaned from one of those 'novelty' sites and as such I'm not completely confident with the content. I think the comment about reversing the effects of a stroke are somewhat suspect. They don't sound credible, do they?

Still, the idea that it might be possible for a layman to facilitate diagnosis and speed up treatment is appealing. And the charm of this little snippet lies in its simplicity. I think it's easy to remember and could be retrieved at a critical moment.

I'd be very grateful for more input on this from reputable sources!

 

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