Strokes: how you can help

By: proctor - June 26, 2008
If everyone can remember this simple phrase, we could probably save some lives.

STROKE--Remember The 1st Three Letters.... S.T.R.

Here is an example of what can happen if a stroke goes unnoticed:

During a BBQ, a lady named Ingrid stumbled and took a little fall. She assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics). She said she had 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 evening. Tragically, Ingrid's husband called later telling the other guests that his wife had been taken to the hospital, and at 6:00 pm, she had died. She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ which led to her death. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be alive today. Some stroke victims don't die; they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition.

Neurologists now say that if they can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours, they can reverse the effects of a stroke. The trick is getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.


Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may begin to 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 and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) ( i...e. It is sunny out today)
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

Remember the "3" steps, S.T.R.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher..

New Sign of a Stroke: Ask the victim to Stick out His/Her Tongue

If the tongue is 'crooked' (if it goes to one side or the other ), that is also an indication of a stroke.

About the Submitter


I have been an ACE certified personal trainer since 2000 who has trained over 3000 hours. I specialize in pre- and post-natal fitness, stretching, running, and weight loss. Yoga is also a passion for me and a way of life. I received my Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification in India and love to share the calmness, strength, and openness that yoga offers to people of all ages and abilities.

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