Warning Signs of a Stroke

Act FAST

Understanding stroke symptoms is important not only in saving lives but also in preserving quality of life.

An easy way to remember the warning signs of a stroke is remembering to act FAST.

F Face drooping
A Arm weakness
S Speech difficulty
T Time to call 911

A more extensive list of common warning signs from the American Stroke Association includes:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or 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

What Do I Do if Someone Has Symptoms of a Stroke?

If someone has symptoms of a stroke, it is vital to act quickly. If you see symptoms of FAST, remember to call 911.

In the case of a stroke, a rapid diagnosis and treatment within the first three hours is crucial. Acting quickly can help reduce long-term affects with the proper treatment. If symptoms come and then go, still seek out emergency medical care right away.


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