Strokes aren’t funny. They cause untold suffering, disability, and death on a massive scale each year. Having personally lost both of my grandmothers to stroke at relatively young ages, this issue is deadly serious to me. Apart from preventing a stroke in the first place (that is, controlling diabetes, hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol, stress, heart arrhythmias, etc.), recognizing the signs of stroke early is the best hope of saving brain cells — and lives.

But a recent survey done by UCLA Medical Center showed a ludicrous 73% of folks under 45 wouldn’t seek attention immediately for stroke symptoms, instead electing to wait it out to see if they got better. This despite data showing that hospitalizations for stroke in this younger population have jumped by over 50% since the 1990’s. Worse still, if you can’t recognize the symptoms in yourself, what hope do you have of recognizing and acting on the symptoms in someone else?

Enter The Weeknd. His song “Can’t Feel My Face” pretty much makes every single healthcare provider think of stroke anyways, so why not use it as a vehicle to raise awareness of the symptoms? (The original, after all, is allegedly about cocaine…)

The best part? Pretty much everyone who appears in this video works in healthcare: nurses, stroke coordinators, EMS students and instructors. Share it proudly and save lives! And watch the behind the scenes!

This video was made possible by the generous support of The Carpenter Foundation, the heart of helping those in need. Since 2003 they’ve been actively seeking solutions and focusing efforts on educational programs that directly promote comfort and dignity in our communities. The Foundation was developed by The Carpenter Health Network, providing services to help patients and families feel comfortable and right at home, no matter what stage of illness or injury they’re facing.

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Based on Can’t Feel My Face by The Weeknd.

Lyrics and vocals by ZDoggMD (AKA Dr. Zubin Damania)

Audio engineering by Devin Moore (who also plays cell-phone throwing drink stealing bar patron)

Video production by Variables of Light, Las Vegas.

Ladies In Da Club

  • Daisyrose Lopez RN
  • Rowena Tongol RN
  • Rose Bonilla RN
  • Stephanie Lapid RN
  • Kim Peterson, RT

EMS Crew

  •  Tyler Chairsell
  • Carlos Morales Contreras
  • Pericles Cordova
  • Timothy Gundersen
  • Robert Macias
  • William Wilson
  • Brandie Green

Film Crew

  • Jenny Egidio (Makeup)
  • Logan Stewart (Cinematography)
  • Tom Hinueber (Director)
  • Chanston Bender
  • Ethan O’Donnell

Stolen Blatantly from the American Stroke Association

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And I know it’s probably just asleep, but man my arm is numb
And I normally talk so smoothly, but now I’m sounding dumb
But at least I won’t need botox now, cuz half my face looks young
This I know, thibts I thoogh
I’m thinking don’t worry about it
I’m thinking it’s probably just stress
We both know I ain’t got insurance
I could just go bankrupt from one MRI test
I can’t feel my face, my tongue won’t move. Am I strokin’ Am I strokin’?
I can’t move my arm, man am I screwed? Guess I’m strokin’ Guess I’m strokin’
And I know I need neurology, at least some kinda scan
And I know each second matters cuz each second I lose brain
All the word salad I’m spittin’ now makes this hard to explain
This I know, fish afro (wait, what??)
I’m wishing you’d hurry about it
Lift my arm up and it drifts down
We both know I can’t talk about it
So it’s up to you, girl, to call 9-1-1 ooh!
I can’t feel my face, why does it droop? Cuz I’m strokin’ Cuz I’m strokin’
I can’t move my arm, or I’d slap you! Can’t ya see I’m strokin? Ain’t no jokin’
He can’t feel his face, what should we do? is he strokin’ is he strokin’
He can’t move his arm, what should we do? is he strokin’ is he strokin’
Facial droop, arm weakness, speech slur-y
Recognize these signs could mean stroke
Though this song is trying to be funny
Saving brain cells isn’t a joke
I can’t feel my face, why does it droop? Cuz I’m strokin’ Cuz I’m strokin’
I can’t move my arm, or I’d slap you! Can’t ya see I’m strokin? Ain’t no jokin’
He can’t feel his face, what should we do? is he strokin’ is he strokin’
He can’t move his arm, what should we do? is he strokin’ is he strokin’

18 Responses to “Can’t Feel My Face”

  1. Lori Anne James

    Another very timely message to all. Thanks again ZDoggMD!

  2. DocBeau

    Once again you set the standard. Keep it coming.

  3. IpseCogita

    That is awesomerest. One of the best.

  4. CowboyDoc

    One of your best! Keep them coming Z!

  5. Liz Ditz

    Dear Zdogg as much as I admire your shiny bald pate, you rock the dreads. In other news, shared as widely as I can.

  6. Jeannine Washluske Porod

    Personally thought it was great and informative. Not everyone knows symptoms. This is why I love your messages. They are informative and humorous at same time. No, it was not offensive in my opinion. My grandfather died from a stroke at 48.

  7. Meagan

    I thought it was great.

  8. Mugen

    Great production. Loved it.

  9. Jeri Darr

    Love this! I want to get your videos running in our hospital education channel!

  10. Petra Moreno Frasca

    LOL, Oh I just loved this Video, I hope this goes super viral <3 Would be great if you did a video on Aphasia, Gosh, lord knows I suffer from that which is so annoying. 🙂

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  12. Allen Aubert

    I’m a stroke coordinator and would love to use this at our hospital and at community awareness events!

    • ZDoggMD

      Please do, that’s why we made it!

  13. Angela Hayes-Johnson

    I freaking love this! I am a pre-med student, and I cant get enough of these videos! I wish I would have known about you sooner.

  14. Carmen McIntyre

    Loved it…Neurology Nurse…Sharing, F.A.S.T. 😉

  15. Christina Stockton

    Love im paramedic 20 yrs now as my dad died at 47 from brain stem ischemic cva.

  16. Jean Scribner Teague

    As an RN, I did find your performance hilarious! On the other hand, if this helps just one person, it’s well worth it! Keep it up and I will be sharing this.

  17. Elizabeth Parker

    I love your videos! It is refreshing to hear your side for those of us who work in all aspects of the medical field. I work in financial clearance, so I verify the patient’s insurance benefits prior to their facility visit all day long. Keep doing what you’re doing and keep up the great work!!