FAST Test- Stroke Awareness from Gulf Coast Medical

The FAST, the Face Arm Speech Test, was developed in the UK in 1998 by a group of stroke physicians, ambulance personnel, and an emergency room physician and was designed to be an integral part of a training package for ambulance staff. It provides the lay person the ability to quickly recognize a person having a stroke, and it prompts them what to do.

Face drooping
Arm weakness or
Speech difficulty
Time to call 9-1-1


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