Stroke Identification: Remember S.T.R.

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My dad just forwarded an email with 4 easy signs to tell if someone is having a stroke.  As a close friend of mine (in excellent shape) just had a stroke AND this is something all of us are trying to avoid with a low cholesterol lifestyle, I thought I should pass it along.


During a BBQ, a woman 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, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.  Jane’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – at 6:00 PM Jane passed away.  She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ.

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 recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

Luckily, my friend realized she was having a stroke and got treatment within 3 hours and is now OK.   Her life was saved by getting immediate treatment (we’ll ignore the part where the ambulance driver asked how much alcohol she’d had to drink that morning).


Remember the 3 steps, STR.  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.  For example, “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 emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher…

New Sign of a Stroke ——– Stick out Your Tongue

Added to S.T.R is this:  ask the person to stick out their tongue.  If it’s crooked (if the tongue goes to one side or the other) that is also an indication of a stroke.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

I confirmed this info is valid – and it fits with info from the National Institute of Health:

“If you believe someone is having a stroke – if he or she suddenly loses the ability to speak, or move an arm or leg on one side, or experiences facial paralysis on one side – call 911 immediately.”

If you want to read more in depth about symptoms (these are broad – there are others), check out this National Institute of Health website about stroke identification.


2 thoughts on “Stroke Identification: Remember S.T.R.

  1. I think this is very valuable advice. I never in a million years would suspect that someone who tripped or was momentarily dizzy might be having a stroke. I also thought strokes only happened to people who were in their 70’s or 80’s. I didn’t think it was possible for a young person to have a stroke! I’m a little shocked by this, to be quite honest.

    Another thing I was struck by in this example is…it’s a woman having a stroke. I’ve always thought men were more susceptible to having strokes? Is that wrong also?

    This is SUCH good information. I feel scared and empowered at the same time!

  2. Good that you posted it on you blog, hope other people do the same it might just save someones life

    Love, Dad

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