Spot a Stroke Move FAST

Published Thursday, June 24, 2021

Spot a Stroke Move FAST

Stroke is a Medical Emergency

A stroke is a medical emergency. If you suspect that you or someone you know is suffering from a stroke it is important to call 911 immediately. 1.9 million brain cells die every minute after a stroke and calling 911 is the single best thing that you can do get support as quickly as possible.

What are the Signs of a Stroke?

The FAST Acronym is a national public awareness initiative through Heart and Stroke. FAST is a universal tool that can be used by anyone and anywhere to support identifying stroke symptoms.


F is for FACE. Is the person’s face drooping or do they have an uneven smile?

A is for ARM. Can the person raise both arms? Often when someone is experiencing a stroke, they are only able to list one arm or when lifting both one arm drifts down faster than the other.

S is for SPEECH. Does the person have difficulty speaking suddenly? Is their speech slurred or jumbled? Can they speak but are having trouble understanding you or following directions?

T is for TIME. If someone is experiencing any sudden changes with their FACE, ARMS, or SPEECH they or a bystander should call 911 immediately.

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