Strike Out on Strokes

Weakness on one side of the body, droopiness of the facial muscles, or slurred speech—these are classic symptoms of what life-threatening condition? If you said “a stroke,” you’re right. But, if you have those symptoms, what should you do? Hopefully more than most of us.

Researchers found that almost two-thirds of people with stroke symptoms failed to call 911. This is critical, because the window of opportunity to treat a stroke is only three hours from the first symptom.  The longer the wait, the lower the chance of recovery.

To see if you or someone you love may be having a stroke, ask them to do three things:

  • Smile,
  • Raise both arms, and
  • Speak a simple sentence.

If they cannot, call 911. Don’t strike out on treating a stroke.

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