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Signs & Symptoms

FASTThe most obvious signs someone is having a stroke is;

  • Facial weakness
  • Arm weakness
  • Difficulty with speech

You can remember these signs if you think F.A.S.T.

  • Face – Does their face look uneven?
    Ask them to smile
  • Arm – Does their arm drift down?
    Ask them to raise both arms
  • Speech – Does their speech sound strange?
    Ask them to repeat a simple phrase like Vinaka Vakalevu.
  • Time – Is critical. Act fast and seek help
    The quicker you act, the better your chances of recovery

Another handy way to remember the warning signs is to look for D.A.N.G.E.R

  • Dizziness resulting in loss of balance and coordination;
  • Altered behaviour and unusual sudden strong bursts of anger or hostility;  
  • Numbness, weakness or paralysis of the face, arm, leg or one side of the body;
  • Garbled speech or confused thinking or understanding;
  • Eye problems, loss of sight in one or both eyes or double vision;
  • Responses to stimulus is slow

Some other signs of stroke may include one, or a combination of:

  • Headache, usually severe and abrupt onset or unexplained change in the pattern of headaches
  • Difficulty swallowing