Stroke Action's FAST Campaign

Stroke Action's F.A.S.T. campaign wants to help the public achieve a better understanding of the warning signs of stroke. Stroke is Ireland's third biggest killer but hundreds of lives could be saved each year if more people knew that stroke is a medical emergency.


Stroke destroys two million brain cells every minute so TIME IS BRAIN. If you suspect that someone is having a stroke call 999 immediately.

Read why you need to Act F.A.S.T. when someone is having a stroke. 

When stroke strikes, act F.A.S.T.

The F.A.S.T. acronym was created as a helper for people to remember the main warning signs of stroke so that they can act immediately in the case of a stroke by dialling 999.

F.A.S.T. stands for:


F – Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?


A – Arms – Can they raise both arms and keep them there?


S – Speech – is their speech slurred?


T –Time to call 999 if you spot any single one of these signs.

F.A.S.T.  can help you to rapidly recognise when a stroke is taking place and then act quickly to get medical treatment and prevent serious damage.