Defeat stroke by acting F.A.S.T.
Make protecting loved ones from stroke your superpower. It can mean the difference between life or death, and recovery or disability.
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.
Show Up for Dad—Learn F.A.S.T.
Nearly half of all men have high blood pressure, and a higher risk for stroke. This Father’s Day protect the important men in your life by helping them defeat stroke. And know the stroke warning signs so you can act F.A.S.T.
In the News
The latest in stroke and brain health newsRead more stroke related news
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 9-1-1
Stroke Video Gallery
Spot a 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.
Stroke Can Happen at any Age | Dr. Cortney Baker had a stroke at 37. Now, she has a message: Pay attention to your body and act F.A.S.T. if symptoms occur. Face drooping. Arm weakness. Speech difficulty. Time to call 9-1-1.
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.
Olympian Michael Johnson shares his stroke survivor journey.
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