Strokes can be scary and can happen to anyone, but if you are able to recognize the signs and get help quickly your chances of making a full recovery are greatly improved. Take the time to learn FAST. FAST is an easy way to remember and identify the most common symptoms of a stroke.
- F stands for FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- A stands for ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- S stands for SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
- T stands for TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.