Did you know that, on average, two million brain cells die every minute after a stroke? But did you also know that you can make a difference to the outcome of a stroke, if it happens to you or someone else, by acting F.A.S.T.?
What is F.A.S.T.?
F.A.S.T. is a simple test that can help you recognise if someone has had a stroke.
- 👧 Facial weakness – can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
- 💪 Arm weakness – can the person raise both arms?
- 🗣️ Speech problems – can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
- ⏱️ Time to call 112 or 999 for an ambulance if you spot any one of these signs
Stroke is a medical emergency: every minute matters. If you recognise any of the signs above, do not hesitate calling 112 or 999
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Thank you for taking the time today to learn about F.A.S.T. It could make all the difference to yours or someone else’s life.