B.E. F.A.S.T. stands for: Balance, Eyes, Face, Arm, Speech,Time. It’s an acronym for remembering the signs of a stroke, AND that you have to act fast if you experience one or more signs.

Acronym for signs of stroke

Just like a heart attack attacks the heart, a stroke attacks the brain, which can affect many parts of the body. You’ll notice a change from what is normal for you, in one or more ways:

BALANCE - loss of balance, dizziness, trouble walking

EYES - sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

FACE - sudden numbness or weakness in the face, especially on one side

ARM - sudden numbness or weakness in one or both arms; difficulty raising the arm

SPEECH - trouble speaking, confusion, lack of communication; and/or severe headache

TIME - No time to wait!! Call 911 immediately!

What is a TIA?

TIA stands for trans ischemic attack, or a mini-stroke. These could include any of the signs of stroke but TIAs generally last just a few minutes and don’t cause permanent damage. TIAs can signal that a bigger stroke is coming, though, so see your doctor as soon as possible.

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