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F.A.S.T. — Symptoms of Stroke

June Safety Tip

 

Do you know how to identify the symptoms of a stroke?  Spot a stroke F.A.S.T.:

F — Face Drooping

Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

A — Arm Weakness

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

S — Speech Difficulty

Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “the sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?

T — Time to call 9-1-1

If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

Other symptoms include:

  • Sudden confusion or trouble 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
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