3 Simple Tests
to Recognizing a Stroke
A True Story

Susie is recouping at an incredible pace for someone with a massive stroke all because Sherry saw Susie stumble - (that is the key that isn't mentioned below) - and then she asked Susie to perform the 3 tests.

Suzie failed all three tests so 911 was called. Even though Susie had normal blood pressure readings and did not appear to be a stroke victim as she could converse to some extent with the paramedics, they took her to the hospital right away.

Thank God for the sense to remember the 3 tests!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify.

A stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

3 Simple Tests

A bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three the person to do 3 simple actions and check for...

  1. SMILE (facial weakness)
  2. RAISE BOTH ARMS (arm weakness)
  3. SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (speech problems)

If he or she has trouble with ANY of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems - researchers urged the general public to learn the three tests.

They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last February. Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and limit brain damage.

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Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics. American Heart Association, 2005 Update