Recognising a Stroke

Susie stumbled and fell.

Her friend saw this happen. Being very concerned, he had the insight to ask Susie the 3 questions below:

Ask the individual to SMILE

Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS

Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE coherently (e.g. “It is sunny out today”)


Suzie failed all three test-questions, so emergency services were called.

Even though she had normal blood pressure readings and did not appear to be suffering a stroke – she could converse to some extent with the Paramedics – they took her to the hospital right away. Susie suffered brain damage after a massive stroke, but is recouping at an incredible pace.

It is so simple – this literally saved Susie’s life – Someone had previously sent this advice to Susie’s friend and he followed it exactly.

A stroke occurs when oxygen fails to reach some part of the brain.  Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim will suffer brain damage if people nearby fail to recognise the symptoms of a stroke, and take action. Now doctors say a bystander can recognise a stroke by asking the victim three simple questions:

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

After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness / arm weakness / and speech problems researchers now urge the general public to learn the three questions. They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association’s annual meeting.

Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke, and prevent brain damage.

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