Quickly identifying sudden symptoms of stroke and calling 911 can make a difference 2

  • EMS transportation is associated with more timely brain imaging and rapid evaluation 3

Public awareness of signs and symptoms of stroke remains poor 2,3

  • In a national survey of more than 36,600 people, one-third of respondents were not aware of stroke symptoms and would not call 911 in the event of a stroke2*
  • In an analysis of more than 200,000 admitted stroke patients, only 63.7% arrived using EMS 3†

Encourage everyone in your community to learn sudden symptoms of stroke

  • Instruct prospective patients, families, and caregivers to look out for sudden signs of stroke and call 911
  • Continuous education about signs and symptoms of stroke improves stroke recognition; repetition is required for a sustained impact 2

You might know the BE FAST signs of stroke...
Balance loss, Eyesight loss, Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 911
...but do your patients? Encourage them to learn sudden symptoms of stroke.

Sudden symptoms of stroke

Loss of balance
Vision changes
Facial drooping
Severe headache
Trouble speaking

*This survey was conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This data came from Get With the Guidelines Stroke registry, which is sponsored by the American Heart Association.
BE FAST was developed by Intermountain Healthcare, as an adaptation of the FAST model implemented by the American Stroke Association. Reproduced with permission from Intermountain Healthcare. © 2011, Intermountain Healthcare.

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Keep stroke top-of-mind in your community