Symptoms of a Stroke
The importance of acting quickly
If a stroke is recognized, diagnosed and medically cared for within 3 hours, it is possible for a clot-busting drug to reduce or completely reverse the effects of the most common type of stroke. Without quick action, a stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage, disability or death.
Warning signs of a stroke
Steps to help identify when someone is having a stroke
There are 3 steps to take to recognize when someone is having a stroke - STR. Ask the person to perform these 3 simple actions:
S - SMILE
If he or she has trouble with even one of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. Take note of the time the symptom(s) began.
A 4th step you can take is to ask the person to:
S - STICK OUT YOUR TONGUE
If the tongue is crooked, if it goes to one side or the other, it is also an indication of a stroke.