Andre Fredieu, M.D.: October 23, 2019

Stroke is a “Brain Attack” and Can Happen to Anyone at Any Age World Stroke Day is a Reminder to BE FAST When Symptoms Appear

Andre Fredieu, M.D.

Medical Director, Oklahoma Stroke & Neurological Institute, Hillcrest MedicalCenter

Do your listeners know why it’s important to BE FAST when it comes to stroke? Stroke doesn’t discriminate.1 In 2019, countless people from recognized celebrities to next door neighbors have been in the news after experiencing a stroke. That’s why it’s important for everyone to learn the signs and call 911 if you or someone you know experiences a sudden onset of symptoms. Taking immediate action can help prevent brain damage and long-term disability following a stroke.1

The signs of stroke can be subtle and hard to recognize, so educating yourself and others is key to noticing and responding quickly. The acronym BE FAST stands for Balance, Eyes, Face, Arm, Speech, Time.  Using BE FAST, if you notice a sudden loss of balance or vision, an uneven smile, arm weakness or slurred speech, call 911 to get immediate medical attention.2 Additionally, experts like Dr. Fredieu want the public to know that it’s ok to overreact when it comes to stroke. The right care, right away, has the potential to save lives.3  For more information about BE FAST and all 10 signs and symptoms of stroke, visit

Did You Know?

• Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S. and affects more than 795,000 people each year1

• Stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age1

• When it comes to treating stroke, every 10 minutes can save up to 20 million brain cells4

• In addition to BE FAST, there are also 10 signs and symptoms of stroke to be aware of, some of which include severe headache, weakness, loss of balance, trouble speaking and confusion2

• There are some stroke risk factors within your control, including making healthy lifestyle choices, regular exercise, limiting alcohol use and not smoking or using tobacco products5

• World Stroke Day is October 29

More About Dr. Fredieu:  Andre Fredieu, M.D., has practiced interventional neurology since 2005 and is the medical director of the Oklahoma Stroke & Neurological Institute at Hillcrest Medical Center. Dr. Fredieu completed his Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1989. He earned his medical degree at the UCLA School of Medicine in 1998. He completed fellowships in stroke neurology and interventional neuroradiology at UCLA and is a member of the American Society of Interventional & Therapeutic Neuroradiology / Society of Neurointerventional Surgery, the Society of Vascular & Interventional Neurology and the American Academy of Neurology.

BE FAST was developed by Intermountain Healthcare, as an adaptation of the FAST model implemented by the American Stroke Association. Reproduced with permission from Intermountain Healthcare. © 2011 Intermountain Healthcare. All rights reserved.

Support for this campaign is provided by Genentech Inc., a member of the Roche Group.

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