Stroke is an emergency and every minute counts. If you think you or a person you're with is having a stroke, you must act FAST. FAST stands for Face, Arm, Speech and Time, and is being used as part of a campaign by the Stroke Awareness Foundation to educate the public about warning signs of stroke and how to seek proper medical services immediately. If you think a person is having a stroke call 9-1-1, especially if the person has trouble with these basic commands:
Face – Does one side of the face droop? Ask the person to smile.
Arm – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech – Is speech slurred? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is the sentence repeated correctly or do they have difficulty speaking and understanding?
Time – If the person shows any of these symptoms, CALL 9-1-1 immediately and ask to be transported to a Certified Stroke Center.