• Dr. Petty sent us the following valuable information.
  • Early Diagnosis of Stroke
  • This is an important and simple test that we can all teach our families and friends which may help in the early diagnosis / therapy for brain stroke. Failure in any part of this test demands that the patient receive medical attention immediately. Wasted time paralyzes and kills!
  • This is the Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale given a different name in the name of:
  • KISS - Keep it Short and Simple:
  • The SAS test - Smile-Arms-Sentence
  • Symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness can spell disaster. The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
  • 1. Ask the individual to smile.
  • 2. Ask him or her to raise both arms.
  • 3. Ask the person to speak a simple sentence.
  • If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
  • After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions. They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last February. Widespread use of this test could result in a prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent possible brain damage.
  • A cardiologist stated that if everyone who gets this message tells this to10 people, you can bet at least one life will be saved. Tell as many people as possible about this. It could save their lives!
  • (This SAS test has already resulted in the prompt treatment and recovery of a good friend of this editor. Pass it on!)

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