BE FAST if Showing Symptoms of Stroke

B.E. F.A.S.T - Spot a StrokeStroke symptoms include:

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

If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms above, call 9-1-1 immediately. Note the time the first symptom was experienced. This information is important to a healthcare provider and can affect treatment decisions.

If a person has experienced ANY of these symptoms, he or she may have had a TIA or mini-stroke.

  • A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is an event, sometimes called a mini-stroke or stroke symptoms lasting less than 24 hours.
  • While TIAs generally do not cause permanent brain damage, they are a serious warning sign of stroke and should not be ignored.

Act F.A.S.T. courtesy of the National Stroke Association and BE FAST: Sushanth Aroor, Rajpreet Singh, Larry B. Goldstein. BE-FAST (Balance, Eyes, Face, Arm, Speech, Time). Stroke, 2017; 48 (2): 479 DOI: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.116.015169”

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