According to the American Stroke Association’s website, there is a medically viable method for a layperson to identify if a person may

be suffering a stroke. It was outlined at the Association’s 28thInternational Stroke Conference. If a person seems to be suffering a stroke, there are three simple questions to ask: 1. Ask the individual to smile. 2. Ask the individual to raise both arms. 3. As the individual to speak a simple sentence coherently. (ex: The sky is really blue today.) If the person has difficulty with any of these questions, the association suggests calling 911 immediately and describe the symptoms and the test you gave to the dispatcher. The group also suggests describing the same information to emergency personnel when they arrive. Here are the symptoms of stroke: ➢ Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body. ➢ Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding. ➢ Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes. ➢ Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination ➢ Sudden severe headache with no known cause Given the symptoms, the layperson’s test makes perfect sense. One IMPORTANT thing to note: the ability of a person to answer the three questions does not necessarily indicate a person is NOT having a stroke. If there is any question, call 911.

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