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‘BE FAST’ to get medical treatment for stroke symptoms | Health

SHREVEPORT, Louisiana — Stroke is the most common neurological emergency.

A stroke is the result of an interruption in the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the brain. This can happen through a clogged artery, often from a blood clot, which is called an ischemic stroke.

A hemorrhagic stroke is a stroke caused by a leaking or bursting blood vessel. In both types, brain cells begin to die within minutes.

Dr. Hugo Cuellar

Signs that a person may be having a stroke can be remembered with the acronym “BE FAST”.

“If you have balance issues, sight issues, like double vision or blurry vision or something like that, weakness in your face, like a droopy side of your face, or numbness or weakness of your arms or legs, it’s time to go to the nearest hospital,” explained Dr. Hugo Cuellar, co-director of the stroke program at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport.

To complete the acronym, there are slurred speech. If someone is showing any of these signs, time is running out. They must receive medical treatment within 3 hours.

So again, the acronym is:

B – Balance

E – View

F – Face

A – Arms or Legs

S – Speech

J – Time


If you or someone you know has signs of a stroke, call 911 immediately.