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
|FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?|
|ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?|
|SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?|
|TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.|
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.