The FAST test - FACE, ARMS, SPEECH, TIME - identifies the most common symptoms of a stroke or TIA (transient ischaemic attack) in three easy to recognise categories.
Facial weakness: Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?
Arm weakness: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?
If you see any one of these three signs, it's TIME to call 999. Stroke is always a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention.
Recognising the signs of stroke and calling 999 for an ambulance is crucial. The quicker a patient arrives at a specialist stroke unit, the quicker they will receive appropriate treatment and the more likely they are to make a better recovery. If you suspect a stroke, always dial 999.