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Stroke Month: What should you do at first sign of stroke? Call 911, says Dr. David B. Wheeler

By Kristy Bleizeffer May 19, 2015

Would you know if you or someone you love is suffering a stroke? Neurologist David Wheeler, MD, PhD, says to think F.A.S.T. - Face, Arms, Speech, Time. In the video below, Dr. Wheeler also explains why you should not try to drive yourself or a loved one to the hospital, but should call 911 immediately.

Watch: Dr. David B. Wheeler explains what think F.A.S.T. means, why calling 911 could save your brain and how stroke is treated at Wyoming Medical Center.

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 for the best shot at survival.

Stride out Stroke 5K run/walk

  • When: 8 a.m. May 30, registration at 7 a.m.
  • Where: Tate Pumphouse Trail Center, 1775 W. First St.
  • Cost: $15 until May 29, $20 after and on race day. Money raised will support stroke patients in our community and the Platte River Parkway. Registration forms are available at

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David B. Wheeler MD, PhD, FAAN, FAES, FAHA

May is American Stroke Month, raising awareness about the fifth leading cause of death and leading cause of disability in the United States. 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.