STROKE and its devastating effects can strike at any age but its victims are not always aware of what’s happening. Neurologists have a high success rate of REVERSING THE EFFECTS IF stroke victims can be RECOGNIZED, DIAGNOSED AND TREATED WITHIN THREE HOURS.
To recognize a stroke, remember the first four letters of the acronym, S,T,R,O and ask four simple questions.
S – SMILE; should be even
T – TALK a simple sentence coherently.
R – RAISE both arms; difficulty indicates a stroke
O – stick OUT the tongue; deviation to one side indicates a stroke.
If a person has trouble with any of these tasks, dial 911 and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
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