FAST was developed in 1998 as a stroke identification device that examines facial weakness.

The prevalence of asthma offers increased during the last twenty years in fact it is the leading cause of absenteeism from school and the 3rd leading cause of work loss. Asthma is in charge of ten deaths per week also, most of that could be avoided. Economically, over twelve billion dollars a calendar year is allocated to asthma in Canada.. FAST was developed in 1998 as a stroke identification device that examines facial weakness , arm weakness , and speech disturbance . Ford, M.D., Acute Stroke Support, Freeman Medical center, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in the United Kingdom.