Identify the signs of a Heart Stroke
F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of heart stroke. When you can spot the signs, you’ll know that you need to call an ambulance for help right away.
Face Drooping – Does one side of the face drop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
Weakness in arm – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Difficulty In Speech – 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?
Time to call an ambulance – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call an ambulance and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.
Sudden numbness or weakness of the leg, arm or face
Sudden confusion or trouble 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