Stroke Warning Signs

F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of a stroke.

F = Face Drooping

Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

A = Arm Weakness

Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S = Speech Difficulty

Is the speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?

T = Time to Call 9-1-1

If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

Other Signs

Abrupt onset of:

  • Difficulty with speech
  • One side of the face drooping or feeling numb
  • Weakness or numbness on one side of the body
  • Unexplained clumsiness or falling
  • Sudden severe headache
  • Blurred or double vision

If you or someone you know is experiencing these signs, call 911 or have someone get you to the nearest emergency room immediately.

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