Bon Secours Richmond Neurology

Recognizing a Stroke

BE FAST and you could help save someone’s life. If a person shows any of these signs, call 911 immediately. Call even if the symptoms appear to go away. Tell emergency responders that you believe the person is having a stroke and note the time that symptoms first occurred.

B = Balance

Is the person experiencing a sudden loss of balance or coordination?

E = Eyes

Is the person having a sudden change in vision or trouble seeing?

F = Face Drooping

Look at the person’s face. Does one side of their face droop? Ask them to smile. Is the smile lopsided?

A = Arm Weakness

Is an arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise their arms. Does one arm drift down?

S = Speech Difficulty

Is the person’s speech slurred? Ask the person to repeat a short phrase. “The silly dog is nice.” Are they slurring their words or completely unable to repeat the sentence?

T = Time to Call 911!

How to recognize a stroke

Be Fast
  • B
    Balance
  • E
    Eyes
  • F
    Face
    drooping
  • A
    Arm
    weakness
  • S
    Speech
    difficulty
  • T
    Time to
    call 911