A stroke is a medical emergency. You could help save a life by seeking medical attention as soon as you notice warning signs of stroke. Remember to act FAST:
- 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 the speech slurred or strange?
- Time – If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.
Every second counts in the treatment of a stroke. Seeking help quickly means a better chance of treatment and recovery.
Other Signs of Stroke
Beyond FAST, remember these other stroke symptoms:
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause