Stroke Symptoms: BE FAST (Every Day Health 2022)

May is Stroke Awareness Month. It's estimated that 80% of strokes are preventable. Marek Cierny, MD, neurologist, discusses the signs and symptoms of stroke (BE FAST) and how to minimize your risk.

What are the signs that someone is having a stroke? And what can be done?

The signs of a stroke are a sudden onset of any of these neurological symptoms (BE FAST).

  • Balance problems
  • Eyes (vision loss)
  • Facial droop
  • Arm weakness 
  • Speaking (slurred speech, unable to retrieve words)
  • Terrible headache, sudden onset of head pain — Time to call 911 immediately!

What You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Stroke

Dr. Cierny also talks about what you can do to minimize your stroke risk, including:

  • Exercise and diet (important at any age)
  • Control high blood pressure
  • Control high cholesterol
  • Control high sugar
  • Quit smoking

Stroke Care at the Froedtert & MCW Health Network

We treat the most complex stroke cases — working in multidisciplinary teams on research and participate in clinical trials to advance current knowledge.

Currently, there are two effective stroke treatments — clot-busting medication and clot retrieval. Both give you the chance to achieve the best outcome after suffering a stroke.