STROKE   YOU could save a life.

A stroke is caused by a clot in a blood vessel preventing blood from reaching the brain.

A stroke can cause death, if people don't die they end up in a helpless and
hopeless condition instead. It is therefore important to recognise a stroke.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally.  He said the trick was getting a stroke recognised, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

Remember the '3' steps:  STR  Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognise the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognise a stroke by asking three simple questions S = Ask the individual to SMILE T = TALK. Ask the person to speak a simple coherent sentence (e.g. It is sunny out today')

R = Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 999 immediately!! and describe the symptoms to the operator.

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is

1. Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue. 2. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

Click to return to the Emergency page.

or Click to return to Main page