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Warning Signs of Stroke

F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke.

  • Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the smile uneven?  
  • Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
  • Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.

Other Symptoms You Should Know 

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the leg

  • Sudden confusion or trouble understanding

  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If someone shows any of these symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1 or emergency medical services.

For more information visit the National Stroke Association website.