Act FAST


Did you know?

  • Stroke kills about 140,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 out of every 20 deaths.
  • Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every 4 minutes, someone dies of stroke.
  • Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes.
  • About 185,00 strokes—nearly 1 of 4—are in people who have had a previous stroke.
  • About 87% of all strokes are ischemic strokes, in which blood flow to the brain is blocked.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability. Stroke reduces mobility in more than half of stroke survivors age 65 and over.

With these kinds of statistics it’s important to be knowledgeable about strokes and their symptoms.

FAST is an easy way to remember and identify the most common symptoms of a stroke. Recognition of stroke and calling 9-1-1 will determine how quickly someone will receive help and treatment. Getting to a hospital rapidly will more likely lead to a better recovery.

Use FAST To Remember The Warning Signs Of A Stroke

the letter F stands for face FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? photo of smiling man
A stands for arms ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? photo of raised arm
S stands for speech SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange? photo of a woman speaking
T stands for time TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately. photo of a stopwatch

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you observe any of these symptoms.

Note the time of the first symptom.
This information is important and can affect treatment decisions.

 This information and more comes from Stroke.org.