Recognising stroke in other people

Stroke campaign poster - FAST

It is likely that someone suffering from stroke will have difficulty communicating. Therefore, it is important that you can recognise the symptoms, especially if you live with or care for someone who is at high risk of stroke.

The FAST test

A simple way to check for stroke in others is by using the FAST test. Look for:

  • Facial weakness on one side.
  • Arm weakness on one side.
  • Slurred speech or difficulty communicating.
  • Time is of the essence—if you spot these symptoms call 999 immediately.