Stroke - Act F.A.S.T at the first sign of a stroke

Stroke is a medical emergency. If you recognise any signs of a stroke, calling 999 for an ambulance is crucial. 

Stroke Information Guide

Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria published a Stroke Information Guide in 2018 for anyone affected directly or indirectly by stroke. It can be found here.

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a serious illness that stops your brain working properly. It can affect how people look, talk, walk or use parts of their body. 

What are the signs of a stroke?

Think and Act F.A.S.T.

F-Face - has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
A-Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?
S-Speech – is their speech slurred?
T-Time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs of a stroke

Why is it important to get help F.A.S.T?

Acting F.A.S.T. as soon as you see any single sign of a stroke not only saves lives but potentially limits any long-term effects. 

A stroke is the largest cause of complex disability - over half of all stroke survivors are left with a disability. Getting approprate treatment fast reduces the amount of brain damage and improves the chance of making a good recovery. 

How can you avoid a stroke?

Some people will illnesses like diabetes or high blood pressure are more likely to have a stroke. If you have any of these illnesses you should see your doctor regularly. 

There are also things you can do to give you the best chance of not having a stroke:

Useful resources

Act F.A.S.T.

For every 100 people in the UK who have a stroke - age infographic

For every 100 people in the UK who have a stroke - effects infographic

For every 100 people in the UK who have a stroke - effects infographic

For every 100 people in the UK who have a stroke - gender infographic

For every 100 people in the UK who have a stroke - types of stroke infographic