BE FAST when you spot a stroke.


Learning the BE FAST acronym can help you save the life of someone experiencing a stroke. Quick action can reduce the chance of brain damage and disability.

  • Balance: Does the person have a sudden loss of balance?
  • Eyes: Does the person have sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes?
  • Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
  • Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

If you suspect a stroke, CALL 911 RIGHT AWAY!

Are You at Risk for a Stroke?
Spot a Stroke FAST
The National Stroke Association has developed a Stroke Risk Scorecard to help you evaluate your risk for stroke. Many of the stroke risk factors can be minimized by pursuing a healthy lifestyle.

You are encouraged to complete the scorecard and talk to your doctor about things you can do to manage any controllable risk factors that you may have.
Stroke News: Advanced Stroke Procedure Now Here in Lancaster

A stroke caused by a large blood clot has the greatest chance to cause disability or even death. Lancaster General Hospital is the first and only hospital in Lancaster County to perform mechanical thrombectomy, an advanced procedure for physically retrieving a blood clot.

Removing a clot from the brain right away provides the best chance for a complete recovery. Having this procedure here in Lancaster eliminates the need to transport a patient to another facility out of the county for stroke treatment.

How does Mechanical Thrombectomy Work
Mechanical thrombectomy is an advanced procedure used to remove large blood clots from the brain. Specially trained doctors use a catheter inserted through an artery in the groin to send a wire-caged device called a stent retriever to the site of the blocked vessel in the brain.

See a TV news story about the procedure here.

Recognized for Exceptional Stroke Care

Lancaster General Hospital is recognized for its exceptional stroke care, consistently earning the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Quality Achievement Award.

The award, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, "recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence."

Blogs by our physicians
Dr. Chavali
The most important stroke treatment is time
Ram Chavali, MD
Medical Director, Endovascular Stroke Intervention
Time can mean the difference between a healthy quality of life and disability or even death. Learn the signs of stroke and when to call 911.
Signs of Stroke? Remember BE FAST — And Call 9-1-1
Heather Harle, MD
LG Health Physicians Neurology
Learning to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke using the acronym BE FAST.
Research shows that most strokes can be traced to specific risk factors. The good news is, many of these can be controlled.