A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke... totally . He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough. 

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions: 

S * Ask the individual to SMILE. 
T * Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)(i.e. It is sunny out today.) 
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS. 
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 999 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue.. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other , that is also an indication of a stroke.

There are a few variations of this message but I think this one is very easy to remember and it could save the life of a dear one so I will leave it on the bottom of this web site.