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Stroke Center

Recognize a stroke F.A.S.T.



If you think you may be having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately!

When identifying a stroke, remember F.A.S.T.

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. Note the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.