Recognise the signs of stroke

Every second counts when you're having a stroke. A stroke can strike anyone, of any age, at any time.

Recognising the signs of stroke and calling 999 is crucial. Don't wait to make the call. The quicker the person arrives at a specialist stroke unit, the quicker they will receive appropriate treatment. 

Since the FAST campaign began, more people have identified the signs of stroke and called 999, saving many lives and saving many from long-term disability. However, despite this success, it's taking longer for people to get to hospital and get treated. 

The FAST test identifies the three most common symptoms of stroke.

Would you know how to do the FAST test?

Watch our short video to learn how to do the FAST test, share it with your friends and family and help others to saves lives and improve the chance of a better recovery for those who experience stroke.

Face: look at the person's face and ask them to smile. Has their face fallen on one side?
Arms: ask the person to raise both of their arms and keep them there. Are they unable to raise one arm?
Speech: ask the person to tell you their name, or say 'hello'. Is their speech slurred?
Time: if you spot any of these signs, always call 999.
Learn it. Share it. You could save a life. 

Now test yourself

Take our online quiz to test your FAST knowledge.

Help us share the FAST message

Order our one page guide or some of our FAST wallet cards to share the FAST test with friends and family. You can also order FAST leaflets and posters to display in your local area or place of work. 

More information

Visit Public Health England’s website for more information on the FAST campaign.

Read our factsheets about stroke and TIA (mini-stroke).

If you suspect a stroke, even if symptoms pass, do the FAST test and always call 999.