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Via Lisa The Riveter:

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours, he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke–totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed and getting to the patient within 3 hours, which is tough.


Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

1. Ask the individual to SMILE.

2. Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

3. Ask the person to SAY A SIMPLE SENTENCE (coherently). (example: “It is sunny today.”)

If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 911(999, etc) immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions. They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association’s annual meeting last February. Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage.

Published in researchmaterial


  1. It’s called the FAST test (in a stunning display of redundant acronyms)

    F = Facial drooping
    A = Arm strength
    S = Slurred speech
    T = Test.

    It must be simple if us ambo people can learn it…

    Getting to the paitent is fine – the trick is to get them to a hospital that can differentiate between a clot and a bleed, and is brave enough to give clotbusting drugs to a clot-type stroke.

    Not many in London will do that – I have no idea about Southend general (which has some of the prettiest nurses in the country you’ll be happy to know…)

  2. Sheldon Florence Sheldon Florence

    Man the cops around here use that test to check for impared driving, i totally failed it but got off due to the fact that Celine Dion told me via the patterns in my coffee grounds this morning to pound that bottle of Jagermeister and whip nuts in the elementary school playground. Luckily this is Canada and that is apparently a legitimate excuse now.

    God bless Steven Harper and smite him dead.

  3. As they say, “And now for the Democratic response.”

    Claim: Administering three simple tests will help diagnose a stroke, and pricking a stroke victim’s fingers will prevent further harm from the cerebral attack.

    Status: Multiple:

    * Three simple tests anyone can administer can help diagnose the occurrence of a stroke: True.

    * Making a stroke victim bleed from his fingers will prevent further harm: False.

    The advice given in this much-circulated e-mail appears to be sound, although it needs be pointed out that it has yet to be endorsed by American Stroke Association. It was drawn from a report presented in February 2003 at the American Stroke Association’s (ASA) 28th International Stroke Conference, and news of it can be found on the ASA web site and the American Heart Association’s (AHA) web site. However, as the ASA says in its official statement about the report, though the research was funded by a grant from the ASA, that body has not taken a position on the topic nor endorsed the test because the results, though positive, arose from a very small study. [/SNIP]

    (x-posted on lj:warrenelliswire)

  4. kerrick kerrick

    Of course, it could only work for a first stroke. Someone whose had one stroke before, and is now having another, probably doesn’t count.

  5. Stu N Stu N

    Certainly most of the damage of my grandfather’s stroke was caused by delayed diagnosis (at an East London hospital that Random Tom is probably very familiar with)

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