Hailey Bieber has officially confirmed her recent health scare was the result of 'stroke-like' symptoms.
While TMZ initially reported that Bieber was taken to the hospital on Saturday morning for a "medical emergency" that "affected the way she moved," the model elaborated on her Instagram story later that day.
The 25-year-old shared that she was eating breakfast with her husband, Justin Bieber, when she "started having stroke-like symptoms and was taken to the hospital," per PEOPLE. She went on to say that doctors found a small blood clot in her brain. Fortunately her body passed it on its own and Bieber said she recovered within a few hours. "Although this was definitely one of the scariest moments I've ever been through, I'm home now and doing well, and I'm so grateful and thankful to all the amazing doctors and nurses who took care of me!"
The cause of Bieber's stroke-like episode and the specific symptoms she experience have not yet been shared. But it's important to know the signs of a stroke because getting immediate attention is critical. Remember the term: "BE-FAST", Icilma Fergus, MD, associate professor of medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and cardiologist at the Mount Sinai Hospital previously told POPSUGAR.
- Balance: Trouble balancing.
- Eyes: Trouble seeing or vision changes.
- Face: Asymmetrical changes to your face like drooping to one side.
- Arm: Asymmetrical weakness in your arm or any other extremity.
- Speech: Slurred speech or difficulty expressing yourself (this is called expressive aphasia).
- Time: Time to call 911.
Strokes are caused "when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or burst," according to the American Stroke Association. The unexpected episode is also the fifth cause of death and leading cause of disability in the United States. So it can't hurt to keep BE-FAST in your back pocket.