Recognize a Stroke F.A.S.T.


(Modern – 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. Here’s why…

A stroke can strike anyone at any time, regardless of age. Advancements in research have made strokes more treatable; however, it is still vital to get help immediately when someone suffers from one. Without rapid treatment, a stroke can lead to permanent disabilities or even death.

Knowing the warning signs of a stroke is important. Thankfully, there is a handy acronym that can help anyone remember the signs of a stroke in process.


According to the American Stroke Association, remembering the acronym F.A.S.T. can help anyone recognize the symptoms of a stroke and know when to call 911. The letters stand for:

  • Face – look for signs of a drooping face, often only on one side. One way to spot facial drooping is to ask the person to smile.
  • Arm – weakness or numbness in an arm can be a sign of a stroke. Test this by having the person raise their arms. If one arm begins to lower, it could be a sign of a stroke.
  • Speech – Slurred speech is another sign of a stroke in progress. The person might become difficult to understand or unable to repeat a simple sentence.
  • Time – If the person is showing one or more of these signs, it’s time to call 911.

Other symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Sudden numbness in the face, arms, or legs
  • Trouble seeing
  • Confusion
  • Trouble walking
  • Severe headache

Being prepared to act quickly and appropriately when a medical emergency arises is vital to survival — both for your own and for those around you. To see how to handle another medical issue that affects many people around the world, check out our article on what to do when someone has a seizure.

~Here’s to Your Survival!

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