Act F.A.S.T. if Showing Symptoms of Stroke

Act F.A.S.T.

F ace Ask the person to smile.  Does one side of the face droop?

ArmsAsk the person to raise both arms.  Does one arm drift downward?

SpeechAsk the person to repeat a simple sentence.  Are the words slurred? Can he/she repeat the sentence correctly?

Time – If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important. Call 9-1-1 or get to the hospital fast.  Brain cells are dying.

Stroke symptoms include:

  • SUDDEN numbness or weakness of 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, loss of balance or coordination.
  • SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause. 

If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms above, call 9-1-1 immediately. Note the time the first symptom was experienced. This information is important to a health care provider and can affect treatment decisions.

If a person has experienced ANY of these symptoms, they may have had a TIA or mini-stroke.

  • A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is an event, sometimes called a mini-stroke or stroke symptoms lasting less than 24 hours.
  • While TIAs generally do not cause permanent brain damage, they are a serious warning sign of stroke and should not be ignored.

~ Act F.A.S.T. courtesy of the National Stroke Association