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Stroke Warning Signs and Symptoms

Think you are having a stroke? Call 9-1-1 immediately and insist to be taken to Grady!

F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. When you can spot the signs, you’ll know that you need to call 9-1-1 for help right away. F.A.S.T. is:

stroke_f Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
stroke_a Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
stroke_s Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
stroke_t 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.

Below are some additional resources to help you learn more about stroke prevention.