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:

Stroke recovery

The Central Lancashire Stroke Recovery Service provides practical advice, emotional support and high-quality information following a stroke. Whether you are a stroke survivor, carer or family member, they will work with you to identify and address your physical needs through a personalised plan, and support you to rebuild your life after stroke. 

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