HEALTH: Act “Fast” on Strokes

You could save your own or someone else’s life, or help limit the long-term effects of stroke, by learning to think and Act F.A.S.T. – F.A.S.T. or Face-Arms-Speech-Time is easy to remember and will help you to recognise if you or someone else is having a stroke.

  • 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 if you see any single one of these signs of a stroke.

There are also other symptoms that may occasionally be due to stroke. They include:

  • Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes
  • Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of your body (including your leg)
  • Sudden memory loss or confusion
  • Sudden dizziness, unsteadiness or a sudden fall, especially with any of the other symptoms

Read more at http://www.nhs.uk/actfast/pages/know-the-signs.aspx#JEMezVy30tWZhbCI.99

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