B.E. F.A.S.T. with stroke symptoms

April, Archive, Month

Take immediate action when seeing signs of a potential stroke.

During a stroke, brain cells start to die with each passing minute, making the attack on the brain a true medical emergency requiring immediate medical intervention.

“The importance of seeking prompt medical attention with any and all suspected strokes is potentially life-saving and cannot be overstated,” said Dr. Aniel Majjhoo, an interventional neurologist and medical director of the McLaren Stroke Network.

Dr. Majjhoo and his colleagues with the McLaren Stroke Network endorse “B.E. F.A.S.T.” when it comes to recognizing stroke symptoms — both in yourself or those nearby — and taking action.


Sudden loss of balance and/or coordination


Sudden blurred or double vision, or sudden vision trouble


Facial droop on one side of the face


One-sided arm weakness or numbness, or one arm drifting downward when held straight out


Slurred and/or garbled speech, or difficulty repeating simple phrases


Recognize these symptoms in yourself or someone near you? Do not hesitate — dial 911 immediately for prompt medical attention.


If a stroke occurs, receiving timely treatment from physicians capable of providing the standard of care that meets national guidelines is critical.

"A stroke, with its sudden onset of disability, can be very frightening," Dr. Majjhoo says. "Patients don't need any added anxieties. They should know their care is in the hands of proficient physicians performing treatments that result in the best possible outcomes."