Health Tips!

THINK F.A.S.T. FOR STROKE

by Dr. Charmagne Anne Sunico

Published on May 2, 2019

Stroke may strike at anytime and anyone. It has different manifestations depending on what area of the brain is affected.

A stroke may manifest as sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body. It may also appear to be the onset of sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding. It can be evidenced by sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes or sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination. It can also appear to be the onset of a sudden severe headache with no known cause.


In cases like those listed above, one must think FAST!
FAST stands for the mnemonics we must remember in identifying a stroke, namely:

  • F – Face - When asked to smile, is the face lopsided or symmetrical?
  • A – Arms - Is there weakness or numbness in one or both arms?
  • S – Speech - Is there slurring of words? Is the person making sense? Does he or she have trouble understanding?
  • T – Time. - Time is brain. The faster the suspected stroke victim gets medical attention, the better the prognosis.
Therefore, we must remember to think FAST and we might just save someone.