Fact File – Stroke

Recognise the signs of a stroke

You might have spotted the FAST advert on the TV or online during October 2015.

The Stroke Association is working closely with Public Health England to make sure as many people as possible know the signs of a stroke. 

Do you know the FAST message? Acting FAST saves lives and ensures a better chance of recovery.

The FAST test

Facial weakness: Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?Arm weakness: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?

Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?

Time: If you see any one of these three signs, it’s TIME to call 999. Stroke is always a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention.

Recognising the signs of stroke or mini-stroke and calling 999 for an ambulance is crucial. The quicker a patient arrives at a specialist stroke unit, the quicker they will receive appropriate treatment and the more likely they are to make a better recovery.

If you feel a first aid course would better train you to deal with this kind of life threatening condition please do not hesitate to make contact or better still book on to one of our First Aid Courses which run regularly throughout the North West of England.