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FAST is an easy way to remember and identify the most common symptoms of a stroke. Recognition of stroke and calling 9-1-1 will determine how quickly someone will receive help and treatment. Getting to a hospital rapidly will more likely lead to a better recovery.

Use FAST to Remember the Warning Signs of a Stroke

the letter F stands for face FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? photo of smiling man
A stands for arms ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? photo of raised arm
S stands for speech SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange? photo of a woman speaking
T stands for time TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately. photo of a stopwatch

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you observe any of these symptoms.

Note the time of the first symptom.
This information is important and can affect treatment decisions.

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