NIH Stroke Scale in Spanish
Published September 25, 2018
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    A member at recently requested that I cover the NIH Stroke Scale in Spanish. The NIH Stroke Scale is a neurological exam used to grade the severity of a stroke. When a patient presents to the hospital with a suspected stroke, the NIH Stroke Scale is performed soon after they arrive and multiple times throughout their stay. Therefore, I think this set of lessons will be very helpful to providers working in the hospital.  Thank you Jaime for your suggestion!
    In today’s dialogue, you will hear a patient present to the ER after the sudden onset of right leg weakness and the first portion of the NIH Stroke Scale exam in Spanish. In the premium lessons at we will complete the review of today’s dialogue and the rest of the NIH Stroke Scale exam.
    OJO: All the audio lessons at are for the sole purpose of learning Spanish, they are not intended to teach medicine and should not be viewed as medical advice. Therefore, in this set of lessons on the NIH Stroke Scale, we will not be learning how to perform the exam, rather we will be learning Spanish that may be useful when performing such an exam. 
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    D: Buenas tardes. Soy el doctor Méndez. ¿Usted es la señora Martínez?
    P: Sí soy yo.
    D: Dígame. ¿Qué le pasa? ¿Qué le trae a las urgencias hoy?
    P: Bueno. Estaba trabajando en el jardín y casi me caigo. De repente sentí la pierna derecha débil, sin fuerza. Y la siento adormecida.
    D: ¿Cuándo ocurrió esto?
    P: No sé. ¿Hace casi una hora? Salí a trabajar a la una y ya son las tres. Entonces serían las 2.
    D: Muy bien. Voy a hacer una evaluación completa. ¿En qué mes estamos?
    P: Agosto
    D: ¿Qué edad tiene usted?
    P: 64 años.
    D: Muy bien. Ahora voy a pedirle que realice dos tareas. ¿Lista?
    P: Sí, lista.
    D: Cierre los ojos. Ahora ábralos. Haga un puño con su mano izquierda. Y ahora abra la mano. Muy bien. Ahora quiero que mire mi dedo y lo siga hasta este lado. Y ahora hacia el otro lado…. sin mover la cabeza, por favor.  Siga mi dedo. Bien hecho.
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    Special Thanks to Javier!
    Finally, this lesson features Spanish teacher, Javier Méndez of the San Pedro Spanish School in San Pedro, Guatemala. In 2016, my niece and I spent two weeks there studying Spanish and had the time of our lives. I plan to return this year, and I highly recommend the school.
    Un abrazo a todos, y nos vemos en!
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    Gracias por escuchar. Thanks for listening.
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