Dei'ah veDibur - Information & Insight

A Window into the Chareidi World

11 Elul 5765 - September 15, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










Produced and housed by
Shema Yisrael Torah Network
Shema Yisrael Torah Network











Home and Family

DETECTING A STROKE — a Public Service Article

An eminent neurologist recently said that when the following procedures are applied, the side effects of cerebral strokes may be totally reversed.

These procedures involve: identifying the stroke and reaching the victim within three hours after its occurrence.

Suzy recovered from her massive cerebral stroke at a surprisingly rapid pace. This was because Emily, who had seen her collapse, had been able to identify the stroke by asking Suzy to perform three activities. Suzy's failure to perform them, enabled Emily to determine that she had suffered a stroke and to summon an ambulance immediately.

Suzy had normal blood pressure, and her behavior didn't seem to indicate that she had suffered a stroke, because she was able, to a certain degree, to communicate with the paramedics summoned to her home. Nonetheless, her inability to perform the three activities caused the paramedics to rush her to the hospital immediately.

Unfortunately, it is sometime difficult to identify stroke symptoms, and a lack of knowledge on the part of the spectator or person in attendance is liable to result in permanent brain damage in the victim.

The most common sign of stroke is sudden weakness of the face, arm or leg, more often on one side of the body.

Other warning signs may include:

* Sudden numbness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.

* Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech

* Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes

* Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

* Sudden severe headache with no known cause

According to a report presented at the American Stroke Association's 28th International Stroke Conference, a spectator can identify a stroke by following these procedures:

1) Asking the victim to smile.

2) Asking him to raise both his hands.

3) Asking him to say a number of simple words or sentences, in a clear and consecutive manner, such as: It's hot outside.

If the victim has difficulty with even one of these three tasks, summon an ambulance immediately and describe his reactions to the attending paramedics.

This simple three-item examination is used by healthcare professionals. It is known as the Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale (CPSS).


All material on this site is copyrighted and its use is restricted.
Click here for conditions of use.