Home Health Act FAST to spot signs of a stroke

Act FAST to spot signs of a stroke

by Laura Johnston

Do you know the signs of a stroke? Knowing how to act F.A.S.T could save someone’s life, or even your own.

F.A.S.T. or Face-Arms-Speech-Time is easy to remember and will help you to recognise if you or someone else is having a stroke.

  • 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 to call 999 if you see any single one of hese signs of a stroke.

There are also other symptoms that may occasionally be due to stroke. They include:

  • Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes
  • Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of your body (including your leg)
  • Sudden memory loss or confusion
  • Sudden dizziness, unsteadiness or a sudden fall, especially with any of the other symptoms

If you notice any single one of the signs of stroke, call 999. The faster you act, the better the chance of a good recovery.

Read more about acting F.A.S.T.