F.A.S.T. is a quick and easy way to recognize the signs of stroke, from The American Stroke Association. Remember to think F.A.S.T. if you or someone else experiences:
- F– Face drooping
- Ask the person to smile to see if one side of the face is drooping or numb
- A– Arm weakness
- Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms—does one drift down?
- S– Speech difficulty
- Is speech slurred? Can the person repeat a simple sentence correctly and clearly?
- T–Time to call “911” even if the symptoms go away
- The person needs to go to the hospital immediately
Call “911” immediately if any of these stroke symptoms appears suddenly:
- Weakness or numbness in an arm or leg
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Difficulty speaking or understanding what is being said
- Dizziness, lack of coordination or falling
- Severe headache
Learn stroke warning signs and symptoms by watching this video.
Read how quick recognition of stroke symptoms saved a woman who was stricken by stroke at work.
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