The Face Arm Speech Test (FAST) can be used to screen a patient for evidence of a stroke. Aroor et al expanded the test to include balance/gait and vision. The authors are from the University of Kentucky.

Parameters for the original FAST:

(1) facial palsy (F)

(2) arm weakness (A)

(3) speech impairment (S)


Additional parameters:

(1) balance/gait (B): gait imbalance or lower extremity weakness

(2) eyes/vision (E): impaired vision


14% of patients in the study group did not have FAS symptoms. Of these, 70% had at least one BE symptom.


NOTE: The G-FAST includes gaze palsy (G) which overlaps with (E).

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