Using the FAST test method is the best way to spot the early warning signs.
FACE Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?
ARMS Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
SPEECH PROBLEMS Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?
TIME If you see any of theses signs, its time to call 999.
There is no way of knowing if symptoms will pass or get better when they first start, so you need to seek immediate
medical help. A stroke is a medical emergency, always dial 999. The quicker the person arrives at a specialist stroke
unit, the quicker they will receive appropriate treatment.
The FAST test helps to spot the three most common symptoms of stroke, but there are other signs that you should
always take seriously.
Other symtoms to look out for are:
Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, including legs, hands or feet.
Difficulty finding words or speaking in clear sentences.
Sudden blurred vision or loss of sight in one or both eyes.
Sudden memory loss or confusion and dizziness; or a sudden fall.
A sudden, severe headache.
If you spot any of these signs of a stroke, don’t wait, call 999 straight away.