Stroke Month: Recognizing stroke is the first step to fast treatment

By Kristy Bleizeffer May 5, 2015

When it comes to stroke, time is of the essence. The longer a patient waits to seek treatment, the more severe the symptoms likely will be.

“Treatment is available, but only if the treatment is started in time,” said Dr. David B. Wheeler, a neurologist at Wyoming Neurologic Associates and medical director of Wyoming Medical Center’s Primary Stroke Center. In this short video, Dr. Wheeler describes the symptoms and risk factors of stroke and what you can do to prevent it.

Wyoming Medical Center's Primary Stroke Center is the state's only center certified by the Joint Commission, and we are one of just 35 hospitals in the country to win the American Stroke Association’s highest level of recognition for fast, expert stroke care –Target: Stroke Honor Roll – Elite Plus status. But we can only save lives when patients come to us in time. If you or a loved show any signs of stroke, call 911 immediately. Remember: In case of stroke, act F.A.S.T.

  • F – Face: Ask the person to smile. Look to see if one side droops or the face is not symmetrical.
  • A – Arms: Have the person raise both arms in front of them at shoulder height. Watch to see if one arm drops lower than the other.
  • S – Speech: Ask the person a question or to repeat a phrase back to you. Listen for slurred or garbled speech or signs the person doesn’t understand what you have asked of them.
  • T – Time: If any of the three signs is present, time is of the essence. Call 911 immediately. Do not attempt to drive to the hospital yourself. Emergency medical responders will begin tests on the way to the hospital.

David Wheeler M.D., Ph.D, F.A.A.N.

David B. Wheeler, M.D., Ph.D., is board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology. He is a Rhodes Scholar and was the 2010 Wyoming Medical Center Physician of the Year. He serves on the boards for Wyoming Medical Center, Wyoming Dementia Care and the American Heart Association (Southwest Affiliate.) He practices at Wyoming Neurologic Associates, 1020 E. Second St., Suite 100 in Casper. For a referral or an appointment, call  (855) 39-BRAIN.