Stroke - Act F.A.S.T at the first sign of a stroke
Stroke is a medical emergency. If you recognise any signs of a stroke, calling 999 for an ambulance is crucial.
Stroke Information Guide
What is a stroke?
A stroke is a serious illness that stops your brain working properly. It can affect how people look, talk, walk or use parts of their body.
What are the signs of a stroke?
Think and Act F.A.S.T.
F-Face - has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
A-Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?
S-Speech – is their speech slurred?
T-Time – to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs of a stroke
Why is it important to get help F.A.S.T?
Acting F.A.S.T. as soon as you see any single sign of a stroke not only saves lives but potentially limits any long-term effects.
A stroke is the largest cause of complex disability - over half of all stroke survivors are left with a disability. Getting approprate treatment fast reduces the amount of brain damage and improves the chance of making a good recovery.
How can you avoid a stroke?
Some people will illnesses like diabetes or high blood pressure are more likely to have a stroke. If you have any of these illnesses you should see your doctor regularly.
There are also things you can do to give you the best chance of not having a stroke:
- Stop smoking - read help and advice on how you can give up smoking.
- Try to stay a healthy weight
- Get more exercise
- Eat healthy food - find more information on healthy eating habits and a balanced diet.
- Do not drink too much alcohol - help and advice on alcohol and sensible drinking.