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22
Apr 2021
Act F.A.S.T - Stroke Campaign

Strokes are a serious and life-threatening medical condition which are also known as a 'brain attack'. They occur when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off. According to statistics, more than 100,000 people suffer from a stroke annually in the UK. This is approximately one stroke every five minutes. It is imperative to be aware of the signs of a stroke for yourself and also to help others around you. With a stroke, each minute is crucial. The more time that a person is left untreated, the higher the risk of long-term damage and disabilities. The 'Act F.A.S.T' stroke campaign is present in order to raise awareness and for people to be able to recognise the signs of a stroke and seek help immediately.

ACT F.A.S.T;
Face: One side of the face may have drooped. This could include the eye and mouth. A person suffering from a stroke may not be able to smile.
Arms: Stroke sufferers may be unable to raise their arms and keep them in this position due to pain and numbness they are experiencing.
Speech: Suspected stroke sufferers can appear to have slurred speech. They may also have difficulty understanding what you are saying to them.
Time: If you recognise any of these signs, it is time to call 999.

Each minute that passes is vital for the survival and recovery of a stroke sufferer. These are the most common signs to look out for, however, there are more signs which you should be aware of as these could also indicate a stroke or mini stroke.
⦁ Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes.
⦁ Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of your body (including in your leg).
⦁ Sudden memory loss or confusion.
⦁ Sudden dizziness, unsteadiness or a sudden fall, especially with any of the other signs. {Public Health England}
If you notice any of these signs, call 999 immediately. Stroke is the fourth single leading cause of death in the UK {PHE}. During the Covid-19 pandemic, hospitals have seen a fall in admissions for stroke. Many people may be reluctant to go to the hospital or seek help from NHS professionals due to the fear of contracting Covid and burdening the NHS. Ambulance staff are able to provide specialist treatment so it is crucial to avoid delays in reaching out for help if you suspect someone is suffering from a stroke. Strokes are a medical emergency. Act FAST, seek help and save a life. The NHS is here to see you, safely.


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