Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.

Spotting a stroke is the first step toward stopping it.

If you identify problems while giving this simple test, call 911 and seek medical help immediately. The time you save could save your life or the life of someone you love. If you suspect stroke, remember the Face, Arm and Speech Test and act F.A.S.T. Learn to recognize a stroke because time lost is brain lost.

F.A.S.T.—the Face, Arm and Speech Test

Remembering F.A.S.T. is an easy way to quickly identify the early warning signs of a stroke.



First, check for facial weakness. An uneven smile or weakness on one side could mean trouble.


Next, check for arm weakness. Inability to raise both arms evenly could be another sign.


Finally, check for impaired speech. Slurred speech or difficulty repeating simple phrases could mean a stroke.

More ways to spot a stroke:

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

Remember, every minute counts. Do not wait. Call 911.