Stroke Program

Joint Commission National Quality ApprovalSigns and Symptoms of Stroke
The effects of a stroke depend on the location and amount of damage to the brain. Signs are sudden and may include:

  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, often only on one side of the body
  • Confusion or trouble understanding
  • Problems speaking
  • Problems seeing out of one or both eyes
  • Dizziness or trouble with balance, coordination, or walking
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause


To help you remember the signs and symptoms of stroke, use the F.A.S.T. test and act FAST!

Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?

Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately!


Remember to call 911 immediately if you experience any signs or symptoms of stroke. The paramedics will arrive and take you quickly to the hospital. Do not drive your car.

  • St. Luke's Stroke Program
  • St. Luke's Health System