Act Fast – Save a Life!

All organs in the body need oxygen, when the supply of blood and nutrients to the brain stops, brain cells die and cause brain injury. A Stroke is caused because the blood supply to part of the brain has stopped

Strokes are a medical emergency and you can save a person’s life if you react FAST.
Treatment is required quickly as this will reduce the amount of damage caused.

Strokes are the third largest cause of death in the UK, after heart disease and Cancer.

There are two different types of Stroke:
Ischaemic – where the blood supply is stopped due to a blood clot.

Haemorrhagic – where a weakened blood vessel supplying the brain bursts

Recognise the symptoms- Remember FAST

FACE: Has the persons face dropped on one side? Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye dropped?

ARMS: Can the person raise both arms in-front of them and keep them there?

If you suspect a stroke the person may not be able to lift their arms because of weakness or numbness.

SPEECH: Can the person speak?

A stroke may stop a person being able to speak. Speech may be muddled or slurred.

TIME: If you see any of these symptoms, you must call 999.

Further information is available by following the links

 

www.stroke.org.uk

www.nhs.uk

headway.org.uk

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