Stroke Symptoms/BE FAST*

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Know Stroke Symptoms and BE FAST*
Brain damage can start within minutes of a stroke, although it may take hours to notice symptoms, which are often mistaken for other conditions.

Remember BE FAST*:
B = Balance: Sudden loss of balance 
E = Eyesight: Blurred, double vision or no vision in one or both eyes

F = FACE: Face looks uneven; one side droops when smiling 
A = ARMS: When both arms are raised, one drifts down
S = SPEECH: Trouble speaking or confusion; unable to repeat a simple phrase
T = TIME: Call 911 if you observe or experience any of these signs

Reduce Stroke Risks
Some risk factors - age, past strokes and family history of strokes - can't be controlled, but many others can. Check out the risk assessment scorecard for a quick snapshot of your risks. Then, take charge to reduce your risks:

  • Know and control your blood pressure.
  • Ask your doctor to check for atrial fibrillation.
  • If you smoke or use other forms of tobacco, stop!
  • If you are diabetic, follow your doctor's recommendations carefully to control your diabetes.
  • Lower the sodium (salt) and fat in your diet.
  • Include exercise in your daily routine and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Control high cholesterol.

Talk with your healthcare provider about your risk factors and personal goals for healthy living.

*BE FAST was developed by Intermountain Healthcare, as an adaptation of the FAST model implemented by the American Stroke Association. Reproduced with permission from Intermountain Healthcare. Copyright 2011, Intermountain Healthcare.