A neurosurgeon says :
If he can reach a patient in 3 hours after a stroke attack, he can alter the stroke consequences completely.
Sometimes, it’s not easy to identify a stroke yet it will bring disaster without proper alert. If people around a stroke patient are not able to tell a stroke, he/she will suffer from serious brain injury.
The trick is how to diagnose a stroke and let the patient have treatment within 3 hours after a stroke.
To diagnose a stroke, remember 3 simple steps: STR
A doctor says, if surrounding people can just ask 3 simple questions, It is possible to diagnose a stroke.
S ： (Smile)
Ask the patient to smile
T ： (Talk)
Request the patient say a simple sentence (It must be reasonable and consecutive), e.g. The weather is sunny today.
R ： (Raise)
Ask the patient to raise both hands at the same time.
Another way to diagnose stroke is by asking the patient to extrude his/her tongue. If the tongue is bending or leaning towards one side, that is also a symptom of stroke.
If the patient can not do either one of the gestures, you should dial 999 or ask for medical help immediately.