Act F.A.S.T

Only a hospital test can confirm a stroke for sure, but it's important to know the signs, and be able to respond quickly, if you suspect someone is having a stroke.

An easy way of remembering the signs and how to act is the F.A.S.T test.




  • F - Has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?






  • A - Can they raise both arms and keep them there?








  • S - Is their speech slurred?







  • T - Time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs

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If you want to learn more about how to detect the signs of a Stroke and how you can act F.A.S.T you can visit the official NHS page on strokes.

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