Know the Early Signs of Stroke — A Quick 4 Part Screening Test

You Can Save Someone’s Life

When some­one has a stroke, every minute is vital.  The soon­er the patient gets to the hos­pi­tal, the soon­er they can be giv­en clot-bust­ing drugs or oth­er vital treat­ments.

Not every stroke is dra­mat­ic.  Some­times the signs are sub­tle at first.  If you know how to spot the signs of a stroke, you can help some­one get the help they need quick­ly.

Here’s the four part quick screen­ing test any­one can per­form:

  1. Ask the indi­vid­ual to smile. The smile should be sym­met­ri­cal
  2. Ask the per­son to speak a sim­ple sen­tence coher­ent­ly
  3. Ask him or her to raise both arms.
  4. Ask him or her to stick out the tongue.  The tongue should stick straight out, with­out devi­at­ing to either side.

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


About Aaron Bynen

Aaron is a health conscious individual living in the Pacific Northwest.

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