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Learn 3 things to ask if you think someone might be having a stroke
"The Stroke Song" helps you remember to tell someone to
- Smile [check to see if it is straight or crooked]
- Speak: “It’s a sunny day outside.” [check to see if it is clear or slurred]
- Raise your hands [check to see if the hands are raised to an even level]
To help you remember, listen to "The Stroke Song" at http://www.thestrokesong.com/
Will these 3 tests accurately diagnose ALL strokes?
A: Nothing is perfect, not even sophisticated medical tests. These are the five symptoms The American Stroke Association says are the warning signs of a stroke:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side
- 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
If a person exhibits any of the above symptoms OR can’t pass the 3 tests then get emergency medical treatment immediately.
See the following links in addition to our lists of resources at
- Stroke Treatment & Recovery
- Regaining Sight After a Stroke
- Brain Injury Resources
- Traumatic Brain Injury Resources
- Download the PDF Five Things to Know About Stroke
- 5 Things to Know About Stroke from the the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
- May is National Stroke Awareness Month Strokes can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. Learn how to safeguard yourself against stroke, from the CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- American Stroke Association
- National Stroke Association
- Stroke Treatments
- Ischemic Strokes (Clots)
- TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack)
- What You Should Know About Cerebral Aneurysms
- What Is an Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)?
- Hemorrhagic Strokes (Bleeds)
- 15 Things Caregivers Should Know After a Loved One Has Had a Stroke
- 5 Things to Know About Stroke
- Learn More Stroke Warning Signs and Symptoms
- Types of Aphasia