On Miley Cyrus’ comment about sticking out her tongue - Stroke Association response

On Saturday Night Live, Miley Cyrus said the reason she sticks her tongue out is because she keeps having mini strokes. Here is our response. For more on the story visit the Daily Mirror online

Patrick Olszowski Head of Campaigns and Policy at the Stroke Association, said:

“Having a mini-stroke is no laughing matter.  Around 46,000 people in the UK have a mini-stroke (Transient Ischaemic Attack) each year, with one in ten leading to a major stroke.

“Sticking out your tongue is not a sign of having a stroke.  Instead think FAST.  If a person’s face starts drooping, they can’t lift their arm or they can’t speak, it is time to call 999.   Having a stroke is a serious medical emergency.  With the right care and support, as well as compassion from those around them, people can make fantastic recoveries”.


The Stroke Association offers a range of services for stroke survivors to support them in their life after stroke. For more information on stroke and support available contact the Stroke Helpline on: 0303 3033 100.

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Notes to Editors

You can recognise a stroke using the Stroke Association’s FAST test:

  • Facial weakness: Can the person smile?  Has their mouth or eye drooped?
  • Arm weakness: Can the person raise both arms?
  • Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
  • Time to call 999.
  • A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. Around 150,000 people have a stroke in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. There are over one million people in UK living with the effects of stroke.
  • The Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and we’re leading a community of people to change the world for people affected by stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at www.stroke.org.uk