specific warning signs of an impending stroke. By recognizing
the warning signs and taking action, you may be able to reduce
Ischemic attack (TIA or mini stroke) is a warning of an
Impending stroke. Early identification of symptoms and a
diagnosis from your doctor greatly reduce the chances of a major
signs, referred to in medical terms as a TIA, may be anyone of
blurred or decreased vision in one or both eyes
weakness or paralysis of the face, or in either an arm or leg on
either or both sides of the body
speaking or understanding
loss of balance or an unexplained fall
(usually severe and of abrupt onset) or unexplained change in
the pattern of headaches
signs may occur alone or in combination. They
last only a few
seconds or up to 24 hours and then disappear.
should not be ignored.
They indicate a
hidden problem with blood flow that could trigger a stroke.
EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF STROKE
According to a
prominent neurologist, if a victim of a stroke is diagnosed
within 3 hours, the effects of the stroke can be reversed.
You can recognize a stroke victim by asking 3 simple questions:
*Ask the individual to SMILE.
*Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE coherently. (i.e. It
is sunny today.)
*Ask the individual to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
*Ask the person to stick out his tongue. If the tongue is
crooked, if it goes to one side or the other, it is also an
indication of a stroke.