Identify a Stroke in Less than One Minute

Winter 2004 CSANews Issue 53  |  Posted date : May 16, 2007.Back to list

Time is critical in treating stroke victims. If you suspect that someone is having a stroke, ask the person to perform the following three tasks:

  • Smile
  • Raise both their arms and keep them up
  • Speak a simple sentence coherently

According to a study presented at the 28th International Stroke Conference, bystanders that perform this quick assessment can relay results to emergency dispatchers, thus speeding treatment of stroke victims.