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When Stroke Strikes Act F.A.S.T.

FACE – has their face fallen on one side? can they smile?

ARMS – can they raise both arms and keep them there?

SPEECH – is their speech slurred?

TIME – if you notice any of these signs dial 999

A stroke is a ‘brain attack’ caused by a disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. It’s a medical emergency that requires immediate attention. So recognising the signs of stroke and calling 999 for an ambulance is crucial.

The sooner somebody who is having a stroke gets urgent medical attention, the better their chances of a good recovery.

Some people are more at risk of having a stroke if they also have certain medical conditions. These include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat)
  • Diabetes

It is important that these conditions are carefully monitored and treated to reduce your chance of having a stroke.

There are also lifestyle factors that may significantly increase the risk of having a stroke. They include:

  • Smoking
  • Being overweight
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor diet
  • Excess alcohol consumption

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