2. Trouble Speaking
When your body is trying to fight through a terrible blow to the central nervous system, it tends to have very obvious symptoms. Such as when your speech becomes slurred, stuttered, or shows challenges in forming words.
These are all common difficulties of those who have recently experienced a stroke. The ‘S’ in the program F.A.S.T. stands for speech. Identify this symptom by asking the individual to repeat simple phrases after you. If their speech sounds strange, slurred, or confused and they have also failed the face and arms tests then the person is likely suffering from a stroke. At this point, move on to the ‘T’ in F.A.S.T. and recognize that it is time to call 911 immediately even if the person has only failed one of these tests.