September is Action on Stroke Month. As Stroke occurs 152,000 times per year in the UK and nobody is prepared for its often devastating effects we are sharing the Stroke Association’s go-to guide for spotting the signs of Stroke.
What is a stroke?
A stroke is a medical emergency. If you, or someone else, shows any signs of having a stroke you need to seek immediate medical attention.
The FAST test can help you to recognise some of the most common symptoms of a stroke:
· FACIAL WEAKNESS: Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?
· ARM WEAKNESS: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
· SPEECH PROBLEMS: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?
· TIME TO CALL 999.
If a person fails any one of these tests, get help immediately by dialling 999.
All the information above can be found here on the official Stroke Association website.