What Are the Signs of a Stroke?

The easiest way to remember the signs of a stroke is to learn what FAST stands for:

F - Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?

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? 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?

T - 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.

Other common signs of a stroke include sudden:

  • Numbness, weakness or inability to move the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes, such as dimness, blurring, double vision or loss of vision
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty walking, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

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