What to do if ... you are having a stroke

For those experiencing stroke symptoms, time is of the essence. Andre Fredieu, M.D., medical director of the Oklahoma Stroke and Neurological Institute at Hillcrest, said the key is to B.E. F.A.S.T.T. It’s important to be fast recognizing symptoms of a stroke, getting to the hospital and treating a stroke.

Balance: Sudden dizziness or loss of balance

Eyes: Double or blurred vision

Face: Uneven smile or facial droop

Arm: Weakness or numbness of an appendage

Speech: Slurred speech, difficulty speaking or understanding

Terrible headache: Sudden, severe headache

Time last seen normal: Call 911 immediately if you or someone you know is experiencing these signs. Do not drive yourself to the hospital.

The sooner you come in for evaluation, the sooner you can be properly be treated for the best possible outcome.