Act FAST

Some signs to look for when you suspect it’s a stroke

 In case of stroke, Act FAST

Face Drooping

Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven or lopsided?

In case of stroke, Act FAST

Arm Weakness

Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

In case of stroke, Act FAST

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 person able to correctly repeat the words?

In case of stroke, Act FAST

Time to Call 911

If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and say, “I think this is a stroke” to help get the person to the hospital immediately. Time is important! Don’t delay, and also note the time when the first symptoms appeared. Emergency responders will want to know.

Source: American Stroke Association