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Oklahoma news anchor recovers after showing signs of stroke while on air: NPR

An Oklahoma news anchor is recovering after she began showing signs of a stroke while on air Saturday morning.

Julie Chin, from NBC affiliate news station KJRH, said she first started to lose sight in part of her eye, then her hand and arm went numb. Then, while doing a segment about NASA’s delayed Artemis launch, she started having trouble reading the teleprompter.

“If you were watching Saturday morning you know how desperately I tried to move the show forward but the words just wouldn’t come,” she posted on Facebook.

Chin said she felt great earlier in the day and “the episode seemed like it came out of nowhere.”

She spent the days following the incident in hospital, where doctors said she was showing early signs of a stroke. While Chin said she is fine now, doctors will need to do more follow-up.

“I am grateful to the emergency responders and medical professionals who shared their expertise, their hearts and their smiles with me. My family, my friends and the family of KJRH also showered me with love and covered my shifts.”

How to recognize the signs of a stroke

The medical community uses the acronym BE FAST to educate people on spotting the signs of a stroke:

  • Balance: Does the person have trouble staying balanced or coordinated?
  • Eyes: Does the person have blurred vision, double vision, or loss of vision in one or both eyes?
  • Face: Is one side of the person’s face drooping? Test this by asking them to smile.
  • Arms: Do they feel numbness or weakness in their arms? Ask them to raise their arms.
  • Speech: Is the person’s speech garbled? Do you have trouble understanding them? Ask them to try repeating a simple sentence.
  • It’s time to call for help: If the person has one or a combination of the above signs, call 911 and get them to the nearest hospital as soon as possible.

Other signs of a stroke may include numbness or weakness in other parts of the body, sudden confusion, or severe headache.

How common are strokes?

More than 795,000 Americans have a stroke each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 77% of them occur in people who have never had them before.

It’s a leading cause of death and disability among Americans, with more cases concentrated in the Southeast.

But stroke death rates have declined over the past few decades. And although the risk of strokes increases with age, they can happen at any time — 38% of stroke patients in 2020 were under age 65, according to the CDC.

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