When Stroke Strikes, Act F.A.S.T.
The national Public Health England Act F.A.S.T. campaign aims to raise public awareness of the symptoms of stroke and encourages people who recognise any single one of the symptoms of stroke to call 999 immediately.
The F.A.S.T. acronym is easy to remember, can help people to identify the most common signs of a stroke and emphasises the importance of acting fast by calling 999.
- 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
Other symptoms to be aware of that may occasionally be due to a stroke includes:
- Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes
- Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body
- Sudden memory loss or confusion
- Sudden dizziness, unsteadiness or a sudden fail, especially with any of the other symptoms
Acting F.A.S.T. as soon as you recognise one, or more, of the stroke symptoms can not only save lives but also help to limit long-term effects associated with stroke.
Approximately 110,000 people have a stroke each year in England. It is the third largest cause of death, and the largest cause of complex disability – over half of all stroke survivors are left with a disability.
Stroke – Act F.A.S.T.