There is a new mobile F.A.S.T. app to help users identify signs of a stroke and respond quickly.
F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs and symptoms of a stroke. F.A.S.T. stands for:
- Face Drooping – During a stroke, one side of the face may droop or become numb. If you believe someone has suffered a stroke, ask them to smile.
- Arm Weakness – Stroke often causes one arm to become weak or numb. If one arm drifts downward or suddenly drops an object and is unable to hold on it, the person may have suffered a stroke.
- Speech Difficulty – Speech may become slurred, difficult to understand or even impossible when having a stroke. A person may suddenly have difficulty speaking, answering simple questions or putting together a sentence.
- Time to call 9-1-1 – If a person shows any stroke symptoms, even if the symptoms appear to go away, it is critical to call 9-1-1 and get them to a hospital immediately. A new study shows that more than one-third of people do not call 9-1-1 for help.
Other signs of a stroke include sudden numbness or weakness of the leg, sudden confusion or trouble understanding, sudden trouble seeing out of one or both eyes, sudden trouble walking or maintaining balance, and sudden severe headache with no known cause.
The American Stroke Association has introduced the new F.A.S.T. mobile app to help users identify the signs of stroke and respond quickly, including video tutorials, stroke facts and a tool to locate nearby hospitals that have received stroke care recognition. The app is free to download and is currently available for iPhone and iPad users.
Stroke is the number four cause of death and the leading cause of disability among adults in the United States, killing 128,000 people each year or one person every four minutes. About 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year, or about one every 40 seconds.
For more information about learning the warning signs of a stroke, visit www.strokeassociation.org/warningsigns.