• F= FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

  • A = ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

  • S = SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

  • T = TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Note the time when any symptoms first appear. 

Research conducted by  The American Stroke Association  shows that patients who take a clot-busting drug, or thromboly tic, within three hours of their first stroke symptom can reduce long-term disability from  ischemic stroke