May was Stroke Awareness Month, and Dr. Ronald Tarrel, DO, board-certified neurologist with Noran Neurological Clinic and hospitalist/stroke specialist with Abbott Northwestern Hospital, took a few minutes to speak with KARE 11 news about stroke and the importance of knowing what to do should you suspect someone is having a stroke. He also shares that the FAST acronym (Face-Arms-Speech-Time) many of us are familiar with has recently been updated to BE FAST:
B – Balance: Watch the person stand or move – are they having a difficult time keeping their balance?
E – Eyes: Ask the person about their sight – are they experiencing loss of vision, double vision, blurriness, or some other vision problem?
F – Face: Ask a the person to smile – does one side of the face droop?
A – Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms – does one arm drift down?
S – Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase – is their speech slurried or strange?
T – Time: If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately. The sooner a stroke is treated, the better the outcome.
If you missed the May 25th, 2017 interview, you can watch it below:
For more information on Dr. Tarrel, visit his bio page: Dr. Ronald Tarrel
If you or a loved one may be experiencing possible symptoms of a stroke, do not call your doctor – call 9-1-1 immediately. If you have experienced a stroke and have questions or are looking for next steps in your recovery, feel free to contact Noran Neurological Clinic to schedule an appointment with an experienced neurologist at 612.879.1500.