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Spot a Stroke FAST

Signs of a Stroke

Signs of Stroke

Know the symptoms of stroke, and what to do if you notice them, by remembering the acronym FAST: Face, Arms, Speech, Time:

  • F = FACE: Ask the person to smile. Do both sides of their face move equally? (Normal)  Or does one side of the face not move at all? (Abnormal)
  • A = ARM: Ask the person to raise both arms. Do both arms move equally? (Normal)  Or does one arm drift downward compared to the other? (Abnormal)
  • S = SPEECH: Ask the person to speak a simple sentence. Does the person use correct words with no slurring? (Normal)  Or do they slur their speech, use inappropriate words, or are unable to speak at all? (Abnormal)
  • T = TIME: If you observe any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Every minute matters. Do not drive yourself to the emergency room. Call 911.

Other stroke symptoms include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg; especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion; trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance/coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911.

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