ensuring that prompt medical attention is provided. To protect those around you, familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of stroke by learning the meaning of the acronym F.A.S.T.
What Does the Acronym F.A.S.T. Mean?
The acronym F.A.S.T. was developed by the American Stroke Association to help people quickly identify stroke warning signs; F.A.S.T. stands for:
- Face Drooping
- Arm Weakness
- Speech Difficulty
- Time to Call
A stroke can have different signs and symptoms based on the part of your brain affected by the lack of proper blood supply.
Some common stroke symptoms can be recognized when using the acronym F.A.S.T., and you can remember what to do if you or someone else is having early signs and symptoms of a stroke.
A stroke should be treated immediately! Stroke symptoms should be reported to 911 and emergency medical treatment should be provided as soon as possible. Getting help as soon as possible can lead to better outcomes.
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Essential Action Steps
Important action steps linked with stroke prevention and early intervention include:
- Memorize the symptoms and action steps in the acronym F.A.S.T.
- Never leave a person alone who is having signs or symptoms of a stroke
- Learn more about stroke and find local support groups by calling 1-888-4-STROKE (1-888-478-7653)
- If you or someone you know has had a stroke, sign up for the free magazine for stroke survivors called the Stroke Connection.