Recognising the Symptoms of a Stroke

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Recognising the Symptoms of a Stroke

Post  forumtester on Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:55 pm

A stroke is caused by a disruption of the blood supply to the brain. Brain cells starved of oxygen will die causing irreversible damage within three hours. Delay can result in death or major long-term disabilities; prompt action to get the blood flowing again quickly can prevent further brain damage and help someone make a full recovery.

The FAST test (Face Arms Speech Time) can help you to recognise the three main symptoms of a stroke.

Face:     Has the person’s face fallen on one side? Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?

Arms:     Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?

Speech:  Is their speech slurred?

Time:     Time to call the Emergency Services immediately if you see one or more of the above symptoms.

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