News Anchor Recovering After Stroke on Live TV - Public health education B.E.F.A.S.T. message

16 September, 2022

Courtesy of MEDSCAPE, we share this Public Health message about an Non Communicable Disease (NCD), STROKE - The question must be for Readers to ask: How many people have stroke in my country every year?. How may die from the condition?. Is my country's health system doing enough to educate the public and prevent Stroke?  Is the system ready to offer quick intervention if a Stroke case occurs?. Does my country have Rehabilitation process for Stroke patients? 

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'News Anchor Recovering After Stroke on Live TV

Damian McNamara, MA

September 12, 2022

Television news anchor Julie Chin is recovering after experiencing stroke-like symptoms live on air earlier thismonth. Chin, an anchor for NBC local news affiliate KRJH in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was reporting on the NASA Artemis I launch when she suddenly had trouble talking or reading words off the teleprompter.

Thanks to quick action from her colleagues who called 911, Chin was rushed to a nearby hospital where she underwent a series of tests.

"First I lost partial vision in one eye. A little bit later my hand and arm went numb. Then, I knew I was in big trouble when my mouth would not speak the words that were right in front of me on the teleprompter," she wrote on Facebook the following day.

"My doctors believe I had the beginnings of a stroke on the air," said Chin, who is now recovering at home.

When a News Anchor Becomes the News

The video of Chin struggling for words is bringing a lot of attention to this medical emergency. It shows how unexpectedly, and rapidly, stroke-like symptoms can start. It's also a good reminder to anyone who thinks they or someone else might be having a strokethat they need to act fast.

"It was a scary event for her, but I think it's a good opportunity for us at the American Heart Association toremind people what the signs of a stroke are," Mitchell Elkind, MD, says.

Larry Goldstein, MD, chair of neurology at theUniversity of Kentucky HealthCare in Lexington, agrees.

"Anything that raises awareness is a good thing," he says. "This event was a good example of someoneexperiencing speech changes — although her articulation was good — she had areal word-finding problem."

People who witness a stroke play an importantrole. Sometimes the person experiencing the stroke is unable to call for helpor the stroke takes away their ability to recognize they're having a problem, says Elkind, AHA chief clinical science officer.

"That's why it's important for friends,co-workers, or even people on the street to recognize the signs of astroke."

Remember the Signs

If you suspect a stroke, remember B.E.F.A.S.T. It stands for Balance; Eyes (loss of vision); Face (drooping); Arms (one armdrifts downward); Speech (slurred or confused); and Time and Terrible headache...


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