Signs of a Stroke - act F.A.S.T.

A stroke is a medical emergency: Know how to spot the signs.
Text reads: When Stroke Strikes, Act FAST. Face-Arms-Speech-Time

If you suspect someone may have had a stroke, it is important to act quickly.

Call 999 immediately if you notice any single one of the signs of a stroke in yourself or others. 

The ‘Act F.A.S.T.’ acronym is helpful to remember some of the main signs:

  • Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
  • Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?
  • Speech – is their speech slurred?
  • Time to call 999

Other signs that may be due to a stroke or mini-stroke include:

  • Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes
  • Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of your body (including in your leg)
  • Sudden memory loss or confusion
  • Sudden dizziness, unsteadiness, or a sudden fall, especially with any of the other signs 

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