Teachers and pupils at St. Laurence’s Primary School in Kirkby have been visited by the Stroke Association recently to learn about the causes of stroke and how to recognise the symptoms using the FAST test.
The Stroke Association delivered a stroke awareness assembly for the pupils, and staff at the school had their blood pressure checked. Teaching assistant Louise Rogers, 30, was glad she was checked as she found out she had an extremely high blood pressure reading and was therefore advised to visit her GP.
Louise said she felt like the Stroke Association team was “sent from someone in heaven”. Louise’s mother had a mini-stroke at just 30 years old so finding out she has high blood pressure has encouraged Louise to do her best to stick to her GP’s advice on lowering her blood pressure.
High blood pressure is often considered a silent killer as it doesn’t have symptoms so many people are often unaware that their health may be at risk.
Holly Rimmer, a teacher at the school, mentioned the successful outcomes of the visit and said; “The children are now fully able to explain different signs of stroke awareness. They really liked learning about the FAST test and they know understand how important it is to take quick action and dial 999. They also learnt that it is not just older people who can have a stroke and are now more aware of possible causes.”
Diane Dunn, Information Advice and Support Coordinator at the Stroke Association, said: “It’s hugely important to educate about stroke prevention and raise awareness of this devastating condition. Our awareness session gave us the chance to teach students about stroke. As a result, the children now know how to how to act FAST and it was great to see them asking some incredibly inquisitive questions.
What are the signs of a stroke, and what should I do?
Use the FAST test to help you recognize the most common symptoms of a stroke. FAST is an acronym to remember the symptoms more easily.
- FACIAL WEAKNESS: Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?
- ARM WEAKNESS: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
- SPEECH PROBLEMS: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?
- TIME TO CALL 999
Remember to seek immediate medical attention if you suspect someone to be having a stroke.
The Stroke Association provides an Information, Advice and Support Service and Communication Support in Knowsley, in partnership with Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group. For more information about stroke, contact the Helpline on 0303 30 33 100 or visit the Stroke Association’s website.