When Stroke Strikes – Act FAST: Check Face, Arms, Speech, Time to call 999

19th September 2018, 2:21pm | By catherinerussell |

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Wiltshire, more than 300 people die from a stroke each year. More than 10,000 of the Wiltshire population have had a stroke or TIA*.  Stroke is the single largest cause of adult disability nationally. 

Since 2009, national research shows the public are more aware of the signs of stroke and understand the need to Act FAST. However, many people who have a stroke do not report it quickly enough which results in poorer health outcomes. If detected early, stroke can be effectively treated in many cases.

Everyone of all ages and abilities, whatever their employment, is encouraged to understand the need to Act FAST. 

Stroke is a medical emergency.  Even if you are not sure, Act FAST, make the call, dial 999.

This 30 second video explains the signs and what to do when stroke strikes: Act FAST 

* A TIA or Transient Ischaemic Attack is sometimes referred to as a ‘mini-stroke’ as the person has the symptoms of a stroke but they then pass.  It is important that these symptoms are investigated by the patient’s GP.

 

 

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