Free mobile app
helps people recognize stroke ‘F.A.S.T.’
October 7, 2013: In recognition of World Stroke Day
on October 29th, The American Heart
Association/American Stroke Association offers a free mobile
app to help people detect a stroke.
In addition to detailing an acronym to help people recognize a
stroke, with the “Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.” app, smartphone users
can call 9-1-1 directly, locate award-winning hospitals and view
a stroke warning signs video that’s part of an American
Stroke Association public service campaign with the Ad
Council. The campaign includes multimedia public service
advertisements and online education and outreach.
Teaching people how to recognize a stroke and respond quickly is
a major goal of the association’s Together to End Stroke
initiative, sponsored by global healthcare products company
Covidien. Together to End Stroke raises stroke awareness
and educates Americans that stroke is largely preventable,
treatable and beatable.
“Even if you don’t think you’re at risk for a stroke, it’s
important for everyone to know stroke warning signs and what to
do in a stroke emergency,” said Allyson France, senior
director of the Northwest Ohio Division of the American Heart
Association. “When someone recognizes a stroke and acts fast by
calling 9-1-1, the person has a greater chance of getting to an
appropriate hospital quickly and being assessed for a
clot-busting drug or other medical devices that may save their
life and improve their chances for recovery.”
F.A.S.T. stands for:
F - Face
Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask
the person to smile.
A - Arm
Weakness: Is one side of the body weak or numb? Ask the
person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S - Speech
Difficulty: Is speech slurred? Are they unable to
speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to
repeat a simple sentence like: “The sky is blue.” Is the
sentence repeated correctly?
T - Time
to call 9-1-1: If the person shows any of these symptoms,
even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the
The “Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.” mobile app is available by
searching for “American Stroke Association” at iTunes and Google
Play online stores. For a direct link, visit