How to Recognize a Stroke FAST — The American Stroke Association

Mohsen Grayeli owns ASAP LLC, a project management and real estate company that focuses on government contracts. Alongside his work supervising large-scale government building renovations, Mohsen Grayeli enjoys supporting his favorite nonprofits, such as the American Stroke Association.

The American Stroke Association leads the way in research and education related to strokes, the fifth-largest killer of Americans. To help the public quickly recognize a stroke in progress, the organization developed a simple acronym: FAST. Remember, if you suspect that someone is having a stroke, call 9–1–1 immediately.

“F” stands for face drooping. When a person having a stroke smiles, one side will commonly hang down unevenly or be totally numb.

“A” is for arm weakness. Like the drooping face, one arm may become limp or numb. The person having a stroke may be unable to raise one arm.

“S” stands for speech difficulty. People are frequently unable to speak clearly or repeat simple phrases while having a stroke.

“T” is for time to call 9–1–1. If you suspect a stroke and the person showed any of the above signs, even briefly, it is imperative to call for emergency help right away.

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