Act FAST for Stroke - CHI Health, Omaha, Nebraska (NE)

Most strokes are treatable, but only if you act FAST. FAST is the acronym for signs to look for you think someone is having a stroke:

F - stands for Face. An uneven smile or facial droop can both be indicators of a stroke.

A - stands for Arm weakness or numbness. Can the person wave at you?

S - refers to Speech-either slurred or not making any sense.

T - in FAST is Time, which is critical. Call 911 right away if you suspect a stroke.

Or a severe headache with no known cause.

When it comes to stroke, time lost is brain lost. Recognizing and acting on the signs of stroke, so the patient can get treatment within the first hour can mean the difference between recovery, disability, or worse.