Warning Signs and Risk Factors

Act FAST when you Spot a Stroke

Warning Signs

Early stroke treatment can increase your chance of survival. It can also limit or prevent permanent brain damage.

Remember to Act F.A.S.T.

  • Face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?
  • Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
  • Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately!

Risk Factors

Increased risk factors of stroke include:

  • Family history of stroke
  • Advanced age
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Being overweight or inactive
  • Stress

Remember, even people without risk factors can still have a stroke. Seek help as soon as you notice any symptoms.