Know the Signs and Get Treatment F.A.S.T
F.A.S.T stands for:
Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?
Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
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 sentence repeated correctly?
Time to call 9-1-1
If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.
Additional Warning Signs
Stroke is a medical emergency. Stroke kills up to 2 million brain cells per minute and can cause permanent brain damage. Stroke can also affect many parts of the body by killing brain cells that control certain body functions.
A warning sign of stroke may last only a few minutes. Even if a warning sign of stroke stops right away, this is still a serious medical emergency. Call 9-1-1 immediately. An emergency medical assessment is important to identify the cause of the warning sign and if the person is in need of additional treatment.