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Bad Headache

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify.  Use the FAST chart below as an easy way to help you recognize when someone may be having a stroke.  Unfortunately, the lack of awareness can spell disaster. Every second counts!  The individual may suffer severe brain damage if stroke is not identified and properly treated within 3 hours! 

How to Recognize a Stroke
F Face   Ask them to SMILE.

Is one side of their face drooping?

A Arms    Ask them to RAISE BOTH ARMS

Can they raise both arms equally? 

S Speech    Ask them to TALK, to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE.

Can they speak coherently? 

T Time   Call 9-1-1 immediately! 

Report it if they have trouble with any one of these tasks. 


Stroke Warning Signs

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

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Original date 3/1/96 Revised 9/24/14