A stroke is always a medical emergency. If you recognise the signs of stroke, call 000.
What Signs Signal Someone has had a Stroke?
The FAST test has been developed to help you check if someone has had a stroke.
Using the FAST test involves asking three simple questions:
- Face – Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?
- Arm – Can they lift both arms?
- Speech – Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
Time is critical. If you see any of these signs call 000 straight away.
What Other Signs can Indicate Someone has had a Stroke?
Facial weakness, arm weakness and difficulty with speech are the most common signs of stroke, but they are not the only signs.
Other signs of stroke may include one, or a combination of:
- Weakness or numbness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg on either or both sides of the body
- Difficulty speaking or understanding
- Dizziness, loss of balance or an unexplained fall
- Loss of vision, sudden blurring or decreased vision in one or both eyes
- Headache, usually severe and abrupt onset or unexplained change in the pattern of headaches
- Difficulty swallowing
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