Learn to spot the signs of stroke - Act F.A.S.T

The Stroke Association has launched an exciting new campaign to raise awareness of the FAST test, encourage more people to become FAST aware and  highlight the importance of treating stroke and a transiamic attack (TIA), also known as a mini-stroke, symptoms as a medical emergency and calling 999.

What is F.A.S.T?

F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the signs to look for if you suspect someone is having a stroke. When you can spot the signs, you'll know that you need to call 999 for help right away.

Could you spot the signs of Stroke?


F - Face. Has their face fallen or drooping on one side? Ask them to smile; can they smile, is it uneven?
A - Arms. Can they raise both arms and keep them there? Does one arm drift downward?
S - Speech. Is their speech slurred? Are they hard to understand?  Ask them to repeat a simple sentence.
T - Time. Time to call 999. The quicker the response, the quicker the treatment. Call 999 if you suspect someone is having a stroke. 


Learn to spot the signs - act FAST

Learn what to look for in less than a minute!  You can learn how to spot the possible signs of stroke by watching this short video



What is a stroke? 

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off and as the supply of blood becomes restricted or stops altogether, brain cells start to die causing brain damage and possibly death. During a TIA, the supply of blood to the brain is temporarily interrupted, causing the 'mini-stroke'.

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Want to learn more?

Visit the NHS Choices  special Act FAST page for a wealth of information about stroke, patient stories and recognising the signs. There’s also an online test to see how quickly you can do FAST. http://www.nhs.uk/actfast/Pages/stroke.aspx 
The Stroke Association funds research into prevention, treatment and better methods of rehabilitation, and helps stroke patients and their families through information, advice and support. Visit the website for more information. www.stroke.org.uk


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