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F.A.S.T Campaign

FAST is an easy acronym to remember and can help you spot someone having a stroke.

Strokes – what are they and how do you recognise them?

A stroke refers to a sudden disruption of the blood supply to the brain and is usually caused by a clot either forming in or travelling to the brain and become lodged in an artery. Bleeds within the brain can also cause strokes. A stroke is a medical emergency and in just a few minutes, the brain can begin to suffer damage.

Symptoms of a stroke typically come on very quickly, and the following are key warning signs to look out for:

F – Face drooping. The face may also become weak or feel numb to the person experiencing the stroke.

A – Arm (or leg) weakness.

S – Speech mixed up. The person may have trouble forming words or sentences and appear confused.

If you spot any or all of these signs, be sure to:

T – Take action, and call 111 immediately

Risk factors for strokes

Strokes are more common in the older population but can happen at any age. The following risk factors will significantly increase the chances of having a stroke:

  • High blood pressure and cholesterol

  • Being overweight or obese

  • Smoking

  • High alcohol intake

  • Lack of physical activity.

You can find more information about strokes, including how to treat and recover from them, here.

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