An Oklahoma news anchor is recovering after showing signs of a stroke in the air on Saturday morning.
Julie Chin of NBC affiliate news station KJRH said she first began to lose sight in part of her eye, then her arm and hand went numb. Then, when she was doing a segment on NASA’s delayed Artemis launch, she began having difficulty reading the teleprompter.
“If you were watching Saturday morning, you know how hard I tried to push the show, but words didn’t come,” she posted on Facebook.
Tulsa news anchor Julie Chin debuts One Stroke live on the air. She knew something was amiss, so sent her to a meteorologist, as her concerned colleagues called 911. She is fine now, but wanted to share her experience to educate viewers on stroke warning signs. pic.twitter.com/aWNPPbn1qf
— mike sington (@mikesington) September 5, 2022
Chin said she felt fine the first day, and “looked like this episode came out of nowhere.”
She spent the days following the incident in hospital, where doctors said she was experiencing early symptoms of a stroke. While Chin said she is fine now, doctors will have to do more follow-up.
“I am grateful to the emergency responders and medical professionals who have shared their expertise, heart and smile with me. My family, friends and KJRH family have also lovingly covered me and covered my shift.”
How to recognize the symptoms of stroke
The medical community uses the BE FAST acronym to educate people about catching the signs of stroke:
- balance: Is the person having difficulty staying balanced or coordinated?
- eyes: Is the person experiencing blurred vision, double vision or loss of vision in one or both eyes?
- face: Is one side of the person’s face bowing? Test it out by asking them to smile.
- Weapon: Are they experiencing numbness or weakness in their arms? Ask them to raise their arms.
- speech: Has the person slurred speech? Are you finding it difficult to understand them? Try repeating a simple sentence from them.
- Time to call for help: If the person is exhibiting one or a combination of the above symptoms, call 911 and get them to the nearest hospital as soon as possible.
Other symptoms of a stroke may include numbness or weakness in other parts of the body, sudden confusion, or severe headache.
How common are strokes?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 795,000 Americans have a stroke each year. About 77% of them happen to people who have never had it before.
It is a leading cause of death and disability among Americans, with more cases concentrated in the Southeast.
But the death rate from stroke has decreased over the past few decades. And while the risk of stroke increases with age, they can happen at any time — 38% of stroke patients in 2020 were under the age of 65, the CDC says.