Think FAST! Is your loved one having a stroke?

Stroke Symptoms

Think FAST! Is your loved one having a stroke?

Stroke can occur very suddenly and without warning when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked or bursts.

  • It can affect people of all ages (not just the elderly!)
  • A stroke can cause permanent brain damage or even death, but when recognized and treated quickly, sometimes the damage can be stopped or reversed.

Here’s a great, quick video showing a stroke scenario:

Signs and Symptoms of Stroke:

Each patient may experience a stroke differently, but common signs include:

  • Difficulty speaking, slurred speech, being unable to form words, or being unable to understand what others are saying;
  • Drooling or difficulty swallowing;
  • Drooping on one side of the face;
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes;
  • Weakness, numbness or paralysis – especially on one side of the body;
  • Sudden, severe headache;
  • Dizziness or Loss of Balance;
  • Confusion;
  • Unresponsiveness

Any single one of these symptoms could be a stroke — a real stroke victim might not have all of them.

An Easy Test: F.A.S.T.


The American Heart Association encourages people to know the FAST check:

F = Face — Ask the patient to smile widely. Does he have drooping on one side of the face?

A = Arm — Ask the patient to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S = Speech — Ask the patient to say “The Sky is Blue.” Is the speech slurred, nonsensical or absent?

T = Time to Call 9-1-1 — if you answered “YES” to any of the questions above, immediately call 9-1-1 to report a possible stroke.

Always err on the side of caution. If you’re not sure, CALL 9-1-1.

“Time is Brain” — the longer you wait, the more permanent brain damage may be caused.

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Note: The outline above is not a substitute for formal instruction. Please visit for more information on taking a full First Aid CPR AED Course.