Quickly identifying the 10 symptoms of stroke and calling 911 can make a difference 1

Public awareness of signs and symptoms of stroke remains poor 1,2

  • In a recent survey, a third of respondents did not have the awareness of complete stroke symptoms including the knowledge to call 911 in the event of stroke.
  • In spite of proven benefits of 911 and emergency medical services (EMS) use, an analysis of the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke registry showed that only 63.7% of stroke patients used EMS.
  • EMS transportation is associated with more timely brain imaging and rapid treatment.

Encourage everyone in your community to learn the 10 symptoms of stroke

  • Instruct prospective patients, families, and caregivers to look out for the 10 signs of stroke and seek treatment sooner
  • Continuous education about the signs and symptoms of stroke improves stroke recognition; repetition is required for a sustained impact 1

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 the 10 symptoms of stroke. Their quick action can help improve treatment and recovery.

10 symptoms of stroke

  1. Confusion
  2. Difficulty understanding
  3. Dizziness
  4. Loss of balance
  5. Numbness
  6. Severe headache
  7. Trouble speaking
  8. Trouble walking
  9. Vision changes
  10. Weakness

*BEFAST 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