Stroke Symptoms

F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. When you can spot the signs, you'll know that you need to call 9-1-1 for help right away.

F.A.S.T. is:

Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?

Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?

Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to   the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.

Other stroke symptoms: 

Sudden confusion, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, sudden trouble walking or loss of balance, sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Learn more stroke signs and symptoms

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Duke Telestroke Network

Sovah Health's two robots - Rosie in Danville and Lightning McBot in Martinsville link our hospitals with Duke Telestroke Network and Duke neurologists. If you or a loved one comes to our emergency room with stroke-like symptoms, your health care team here connects to the Duke team immediately. Our 24/7 team approach with Duke offers you and your loved ones faster evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.

Remember: Call 9-1-1 if you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. EMS staff are trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped. It is best to call EMS for rapid transport to the emergency room.