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FAST stroke awareness

Tue 31 Jan 2012 09:25

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FAST stroke awareness

A stroke is a serious condition that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is disturbed.

Strokes are a medical emergency, and prompt treatment is essential because the sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen. 

The signs and symptoms of a stroke vary from person to person, but they usually begin suddenly.

As different parts of your brain control different parts of your body, your symptoms will depend upon the part of your brain that has been affected and the extent of the damage.

The main stroke symptoms can be remembered with the word FAST:

Face- The face may have fallen on one side, the person may not be able to smile, or their mouth or eye may have drooped.

Arms- The person with suspected stroke may not be able to raise both arms and keep them there because of arm weakness or numbness.

Speech- There may be slurred speech.

Time- It is time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms.

If you live with or care for somebody in a high-risk group, such as someone who is elderly or has diabetes or high blood pressure, being aware of them is even more important.

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Image courtesy of Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland

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