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What is the FAST test for stroke?

The FAST test is a simple set of early warning signs for stroke that anyone can use to recognize stroke in themselves or in others. FAST is an acronym for: Face (is it droopy, flaccid, especially just on one side? Can the person smile?); Arms (can the person lift both their arms above their head?); Speech (are there problems speaking and/or understanding speech? Is speech slurred?), and; Time (quick action will improve the chances of survival and recovery).

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 16 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 18 Oct 2018
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Category: Ischaemic stroke


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