F.A.S.T. is an easy way for you to remember and notice the most common signs of stroke. If you notice any of these signs in yourself or another person, call 9-1-1 right away. A Stroke is an emergency. The quicker you get to the hospital, the more likely you are to have a better outcome.
Facial Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile or show you their teeth. Is the smile uneven?
Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms (like they are holding out a pizza box). Does one arm fall downwards?
Speech Trouble: Is the person’s speech slurred or hard to understand? Maybe the person cannot speak at all. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is the person able to repeat the sentence correctly?
Time to Call 9-1-1: If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or in another person, call 9-1-1 immediately (even if the symptoms get better). It is important to call 9-1-1 to get to the hospital as quickly as possible, do not delay. If possible, note what time the symptoms started.
If you’re unsure if you or are another person is having a stroke, Call 9-1-1 anyway