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Is This a Stroke?

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within three hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke.

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

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by having the person do four simple things:

Ask the individual, SMILE.

Ask the person to SAY a simple sentence.

Ask him or her, RAISE both arms.

Ask him or her, STICK out your tongue. If the tongue goes to one side --that is also an indication of a stroke.

A crooked smile, garbled speech, weakness in either arm or an off-center tongue indicates a probable stroke. Strokes can be fixed - or can lead to crippling or death.

If he or she has trouble with ANY of these tasks, get medical advice immediately.


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