A woman falls down but, having gotten up, she assures those gathered around her that she is alright. She walks upright, so people let her go unattended. Next day she dies diagnosed with a stroke. If people around her had known the signs of a stroke, she would have lived.
To know how to diagnose a stroke is essential, because your knowledge can save somebody’s life. Neurosurgeons say that many people who have a stroke do not die immediately. If they are helped within 3 hours after the attack, its harmful affects can still be neutralized. What is important is to know how to identify and diagnose a stroke and how to get a patient to a hospital no later than 3 hours after it happened.
There are four steps of diagnosing a stroke:
- Ask a person to smile. If he had a stroke, he would not be able to do it, because he loses muscular control.
- Ask him to pronounce a simple sentence, such as “It is sunny outside.” The speech of an ill person will be slurred.
- Ask him to raise his hands up. A person with a stroke will not be able to do so or will raise his hands only low, again because of a loss of muscular control.
- Ask him to stick his tongue out. If a person had a stroke, his tongue will be twisted or turned to one side.
An ill person might also feel dizziness, headache, no sensation in his body and limbs, and he might have blurred vision.
If a person who you suspect had a stroke cannot fulfill at least one of these tasks, get him to a hospital straight off. Also, forward this article to ten more people, please. If ten more people learn how to diagnose a stroke, somebody’s life will surely be saved.