WHEN STROKE STRIKES ACT F.A.S.T
A stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Recognising the signs and calling 999 for an ambulance is crucial. The sooner somebody who is having a stroke gets urgent medical attention the better their chances of a good recovery.
RECOGNISE THE SIGNS OF STROKE
The Face Arm Speech Time test can help you recognise the signs of a stroke.
FACE: Has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
ARMS: Can they raise both arms and keep them there?
S PEECH: Is their speech slurred?
T IME: Time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs.
If the person has failed any of these tests call 999 immediately so they can be taken to hsopital for urgent treatment. Paramedic and ambulance staff are trained to assess patients with suspected stroke and get them to a hospital quickley.