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Learning the signs of stroke could save your life

Posted at 1:16 PM, Feb 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-25 16:32:04-05

According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly 800,000 people die each year from strokes. Recognizing the sudden warning signs of stroke and alerting 9-1-1 immediately could save a life. There is a useful acronym to help you remember the signs of stroke called FAST.

Warning signs of stroke

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden confusion and trouble speaking
  • Sudden dizziness, trouble walking, loss of balance
  • Sudden and severe headache with no known cause

Remember FAST

F – Face: Ask the person to smile and look for face drooping

A – Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms and watch for one arm drifting down

S – Speech: Ask the person to repeat a sentence and listen for slurring

T – Time: If any of these signs are observed, call 9-1-1 immediately

Jordan Valley Medical Center is a designated Level III trauma center and a Certified Stroke Treatment Center, which means it has the resources and equipment to treat more serious injury and illness. You can get more information at