The F.A.S.T. Experience
In this fun and interactive environment, you’ll learn what the warning signs of stroke might look, feel and/or sound like.
For Patients and Caregivers:
Stroke Warning Signs
Recognize the warning signs and call 9-1-1 immediately. This can make the difference between a strong recovery and disability or even death.
Whole body wellness can help you feel stronger, healthier and mentally sharp – and it can also reduce your stroke risk.
There is life – and hope – after stroke. With time, new routines will become second nature. Rehabilitation can build your strength, capability and confidence.
For Healthcare Professionals:
Our updated Healthcare Professional Guide can help diagnose the underlying reason for cryptogenic stroke and tailor prevention plans for your patients.
Consensus recommendations can help ensure acute stroke patients are triaged to the facility.
Our May 2021 Guideline provides clinicians with the latest evidence-based recommendations for preventing another stroke.
By learning the F.A.S.T. warning signs, you just might save a life from stroke.
Face DroopingAsk the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?
Arm WeaknessAsk the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SpeechIs the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue."
Time to Call 9-1-1Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.
Aphasia and Stroke
June is Aphasia Awareness Month – this common post-stroke language disorder affects the ability to communicate, causing frustration and confusion. Treatment and strategies can help – check out our fact sheets, tips and other resources.
Stroke Support Groups
Connect with others with similar experiences, learn helpful information and help ease the depression and isolation that’s common after stroke. Use our support group finder for a list of groups near you.
In the News
The latest in stroke and brain health newsRead more stroke related news
Remembering Dr. Ralph Sacco
Dr. Ralph Sacco, the first neurologist to serve as president of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, died Jan. 17. Sacco, a distinguished AHA/ASA volunteer and a revered scientist, served as editor-in-chief of the journal Stroke in addition to other leadership roles. At the family's request, donations in his memory can be made to the AHA/ASA to The Ralph Sacco Memorial Fund for Brain Health.
The American Stroke Association at 25
For 25 years the ASA has been a powerful force in ensuring that those who have a stroke get timely, optimal care, support, rehab services and more.
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Stroke Video Gallery
Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T. | Actresses Susan Lucci and Jennie Garth, NBA player Paul George, and NFL player Bobby Wagner share their personal connection to stroke. Honor someone you love by learning the stroke warning signs with F.A.S.T.
Managing Spasticity Post-Stroke | This poorly understood post-stroke condition causes stiff or rigid muscles, negatively impacting daily activities and quality of life. Talk to your health care professional about treatment and management options.
F.A.S.T. Can Save Lives | A stroke can happen at any age. Learn how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T. – if you see Face drooping, Arm weakness, or Speech difficulty, it’s Time to call 911.
Stroke Survivor - Michael Johnson | The Olympian sprinter shares his stroke survivor journey.
Recognize Stroke F.A.S.T. | Anyone can have a stroke and everyone should be prepared. It’s a matter of knowing what to do, taking action and spreading the word. By learning and sharing the F.A.S.T. warning signs, you just might save a life from stroke.
F.A.S.T. Song - Stroke Signs | Hip Hop Artist Dee-1 and Tha Hip Hop Doc Rani Whitfield, M.D., collaborated on a song for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for World Stroke Day 2015, to teach the warning signs of stroke.