How do I know that I have a stroke?
It is important to be able to recognise the signs of stroke. The FAST test is an easy way to recognise and remember the most common signs of stroke.
FAST stands for:
Facial weakness – Can the person smile? Is his/her eye or mouth drooping? Does one side of the face droop?
Arm weakness – Can the person raise both arms? Does one arm drift downwards?
Speech difficulty – Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
Time to act fast – Call 995 immediately and go to a hospital.
Other symptoms include difficulty in swallowing, dizziness, severe headache (“worst headache ever had”), confusion, numbness.
Act FAST for stroke. Call 995.
- Stroke Basics
- Info for Stroke Survivors and Caregivers
- Community Resources
- Stroke in the News
- Survivor Stories
- Info for Healthcare Professionals