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Act F.A.S.T. and call 999 at any sign of a stroke
The F.A.S.T. (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) acronym has featured in the advertising for a number of years and is a simple test to help people identify the most common signs of a stroke, and to emphasise the importance of acting quickly by calling 999.
F.A.S.T. teaches people what to look out for in themselves and in others:
- Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
- Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?
- Speech – is their speech slurred?
- Time to call 999
There are some of other symptoms that people should be aware of as these may occasionally be due to stroke. These include:
- Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes
- Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body
- Sudden memory loss or confusion
- Sudden dizziness, unsteadiness or a sudden fall, especially with any of the other symptoms
Acting F.A.S.T. as soon as stroke symptoms present themselves can not only save lives but potentially limit long-term effects. A stroke is a ‘brain attack’, caused by a disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. It’s a medical emergency that requires immediate attention. So recognising the signs of stroke and calling 999 for an ambulance is crucial.
Approximately 110,000 people have a stroke each year in England. It is the third largest cause of death, and the largest cause of complex disability; over half of all stroke survivors are left with a disability. The sooner somebody who is having a stroke gets urgent medical attention, the better their chances of a good recovery.
Act FAST. Make the Call. Dial 999.
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