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Monday August 21st 2017

Act FAST at the first sign of a stroke

Public Health England (PHE) has launched its annual Act FAST campaign to remind people of the key symptoms of stroke and the importance of calling 999 immediately if they notice any single one of the symptoms in themselves or in others.

Research for PHE shows 24% of people would wait to call an ambulance because they wrongly believe they need to see two or more symptoms of stroke before making the call.

Whether you are a stranger in the street, a family member at home or are having a stroke yourself – make the call immediately when you see any one of the key stroke symptoms:

•           Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?

•           Arms – can they raise both their arms and keep them there?

•           Speech – is their speech slurred?

A stroke is a brain attack that happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. Nationally, there are over 100,000 strokes a year in the UK, causing over 40,000 deaths with two thirds of stroke survivors leaving hospital with a disability.

The faster someone experiencing a stroke gets emergency treatment, the more chance that person has of surviving and avoiding serious disability.

To find out more visit www.nhs.uk/actfast.