Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.
Time to call 9-1-1
If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately.
Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.
Beyond FAST– Other Symptoms You Need to Know
Numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
Confusion trouble speaking or understanding speech
Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
Severe headache with no known cause
If someone shows any of these symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1 or emergency medical services. It is safest to assume it is a stroke and let the professionals test and find out.