Using the F.A.S.T. Acronym to Help Determine if Someone is Having a Stroke

Using the F.A.S.T. Acronym to Help Determine if Someone is Having a Stroke
Using the F.A.S.T. Acronym to Help Determine if Someone is Having a Stroke

The F.A.S.T. test can be used for a victim suspected of having a stroke. What does it stand for?

• Face, arm, speech, time
• Feet, arm speech, teeth
• Face, arm, speech, taste
• Face, arm, speech, tact

Answer:Face, Arm, Speech, Time

A stroke can happen to anyone at any given time. The F.A.S.T. test is the easiest way to determine if someone is having a stroke. Strokes occur when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off, causing brain cells to die. It can cause permanent loss of speech, movement and memory. F.A.S.T. stands for face, arm, speech, and time.

Face: Ask the person in question to smile. Check to see if one side of the face is drooping.

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Arm: Ask them to lift both arms. Check to see if one arm drifts downward.

Speech: Ask the person to repeat a sentence. Check to see if their speech is slurry.

Time: If the person has any of these signs, call 9-1-1. Time is not on your side, so you need to make the most of what you have!

More than 130,000 Americans are killed yearly by strokes. If caught right away, strokes can be treatable and help prevent long-term disability.

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It can happen to anyone at any time. By learning and sharing F.A.S.T. warning signs, you could be saving someone’s life, including your own.

~To Your Survival!

Treat Stroke F.A.S.T. by the American Heart Association.