Dr. Jack Rose, a Washington Hospital neurologist and cerebrovascular disease specialist, and Luanne Sadueste, RN, inpatient diabetes educator, discussed the significant connection between diabetes and strokes. They emphasized the need to control glucose and blood pressure.

They also shared a simple way to recognize a potential stroke is BEFAST: Balance, Eyes (vision loss, in one or both eyes), Face (uneven smile), Arms (weakness or inability to hold one out in front of you), Speech (slurred), Time (don’t waste time getting care – call 9-1-1).