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Act FAST to reduce the risk of stroke

Published on Thursday, 16th March 2017

Tips to spot if someone's having a stroke

Patients urged to get educated about stroke to reduce their risk


Residents are being encouraged  to be aware of the preventative measures to reduce having a stroke as part of the National Stroke - ACT Fast campaign.


The campaign aims to raise awareness of preventing strokes by education and teaching people what to do in the event of a stroke. Strokes are the third largest cause of death (after heart disease and cancers) and are the largest cause of adult disability in the UK. They mainly affect those aged over 65, although they can occur in younger people as well.


You can significantly reduce your risk of having a stroke through a healthy lifestyle.  The preventative measures to reducing the risk from stroke is to stop smoking, drink less alcohol, stay at a healthy weight, manage your medical conditions, do more exercise and eat a healthy diet.


The main symptoms of stroke can be remembered with the word FAST: Face – Arms – Speech – Time:
Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile or their mouth or eye may have dropped.
Arms – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift one or both arms and keep them there because of arm weakness or numbness.
Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake.
Time – it is time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms.


Dr Deryth Stevens, GP and Chair at NHS Warwickshire North CCG, said:
“Every year, around 110,000 people have a stroke in England and there are ways to cut down the risk if people take a positive step towards improving their health.
“It is vitally important to recognise the signs of a stroke and call 999 straight away.  Strokes are a medical emergency and prompt treatment is essential because the sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.”
For advice and more information visit:
NHS Choices http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Stroke/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Stroke – ACT FAST http://www.nhs.uk/actfast/pages/stroke.aspx#wysJ6lj4AwhmdWLV.97


A stroke is a serious, life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.
Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential because the sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.
If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.
Symptoms:
* The face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile or their mouth or eye may have drooped.
* The person may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of arm weakness or numbness in one arm.
* Their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake.
* complete paralysis of one side of the body
* sudden loss or blurring of vision
* dizziness
* confusion
* difficulty understanding what others are saying
* problems with balance and co-ordination
* difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
* a sudden and very severe headache resulting in a blinding pain unlike anything experienced before
* loss of consciousness