Strokes happen fast and will often occur before an individual can be seen by a doctor for a proper
The acronym F.A.S.T. is a way to remember the signs of stroke, and can help identify the onset of stroke more quickly:
1. Face drooping: if the person tries to smile does one side of the face droop?
2. Arm weakness: if the person tries to
raise both their arms does one arm drift downward?
3. Speech difficulty: if the person tries to repeat a simple phrase is their speech slurred or strange?
4. Time to call 911, 121,emergency services: if any of these signs are observed, contact the emergency services in your country.
The faster a person with suspected stroke receives medical attention, the better their prognosis and the less likely they will be to experience lasting damage or death.
In order for a stroke patient to get the best diagnosis and treatment possible, they will need to be treated at a hospital within 3 hours.