Currently a story is going around on Facebook that there is a new stroke indicator:
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. Chicken Soup)
R = Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue
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.
The comments are of course plenty, anecdotal and opinionated.
Is there any documented proof that a crooked tongue is a reliable indicator?
That does not mean that it can't have false positives of course, anything that substantially increases the chance of spotting a stroke, is welcome.
One thing we do not need is another urban legend.
The story is posted on a "Doctors and hospital" Facebook page which contains sensible posts as well as blatant nonsense.