Warning signs of a stroke

Understanding and being aware of the warnings signs of a stroke  — as well as acting F.A.S.T — could save a life and make recovery easier for the survivor.

F.A.ST. stands for FACE, ARM, SPEECH, TIME:


Is one side of the face dropping? Look at their eye, cheek or lips to check for any unusual asymmetry or droopiness.


Is the person experiencing arm weakness? Ask them to raise both arms to shoulder height and check for one arm that seems lower than the other.


Is the person's speech slurred, or are they speaking in an unintelligible way?


It's time to call 911 or your local emergency services. Be sure to tell them you think it's a stroke.

Other important warning signs to be aware of are:

If you or someone around you are experiencing any of these warning signs, call 911 or your local emergency services immediately.


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