Recognise the Signs of a Stroke - FAST!
06 June 2011
The Public Health Agency recently launched the F.A.S.T campaign to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke
The Public Health Agency recently launched the F.A.S.T campaign to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke and to alert the public that it’s a medical emergency, to call 999 immediately, if you see any one of these signs:
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 – Time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs.
Stroke is a medical emergency and claims the lives of 1,300 people every year in Northern Ireland and is the third most common cause of death and the greatest cause of adult disability. Not recognising the signs and symptoms of stroke can mean that urgent medical treatment is delayed, which increases the likelihood of brain damage.
To download a leaflet outlining FAST, please click here
To download a wallet-sized card, please click here
For further information please contact:
Public Health Agency
Telephone: 028 9031 1611