Acronym for stroke awareness with symptoms and signs to watch for and when to call 911.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) note stroke to be a leading cause of death in the United States. The impact of suffering a stroke is not just physical but also causes devastating impacts on our finances, long term goals and our families. Some important questions to ask yourself are:

  • Do I know what to do if someone I am with is exhibiting stroke-like symptoms?
  • Am I up-to-date on the signs and symptoms of a stroke?
  • What are my risk factors for having a stroke?

Time is the most important factor in seeking medical treatment if you think you or someone you’re with is having a stroke. It is important to seek immediate medical care if you suspect a stroke. By taking quick action, you could help save a life and give the best chance of recovery from a stroke.

You may be familiar with the acronym F.A.S.T when looking for signs of stroke:

  • Facial Drooping
    • Face looks uneven
  • Arm Weakness
    • One arm hanging down
  • Speech Difficulty
    • Slurred speech and/or trouble speaking or confusion
  • Time to Call 911

These warning signs are recommended by the American Heart Association, along with two additional signs:

  • Balance
    • Is there a sudden loss of balance?
  • Eyes
    • Has vision been lost in one or both eyes?

Altogether this creates the B.E.F.A.S.T. tool used by many healthcare organizations to recognize a stroke.

If you or anyone around you were to suddenly develop any of these symptoms, call 911. For more information, fact finding or resources, please visit

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