Know the Signs and Symptoms of Stroke...

The more time that goes by before treatment is received the more brain is lost.

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body)
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss or balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Think FAST..to help you remember

F is for facial numbness or weakness, especially on one side

A is for arm numbness or weakness, especially on one side

S is for slurred speech, or difficulty speaking or understanding

T is for time; it’s time to call 911 if any of the above symptoms are present because every second counts

Important DO NOT’s:

  • DO NOT lay down and wait to see if you feel better
  • DO NOT call or wait for someone to drive you to the hospital
  • DO NOT drive yourself to the hospital
  • DO NOT ignore the symptoms

Stroke Symptom Test

To test if someone is experiencing stroke symptoms, try these simple tests.

F(ace) - FACIAL DROOP:

Have patient smile or show teeth (look for asymmetry).
Normal: Both sides of the face move equally or not at all.
Abnormal: One side of the patient’s face droops.

A(rm) - MOTOR WEAKNESS:

Arm drift (close eyes, extend arms, palms up).
Normal: Remain extended equally, or drifts equally or does not move at all.
Abnormal: One arm drifts down when compared with the other.

S(peech):

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” (repeat phrase).
Normal: Phrase is repeated clearly and correctly.
Abnormal: Words are slurred (dysarthria) or abnormal (aphasia) or none.

T(ime) PERSON WAS LAST KNOWN TO BE NORMAL: _____________________________________