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National Stroke Strategy : FAST

Post by Stardust on Mon 8 May 2017 - 1:19

03 Apr 2008

National Stroke Strategy

Learn to recognised the first signs of stroke FAST  and call 999 immediately.

The first signs that someone has had a stroke are very sudden. 
Symptoms include:
- numbness, weakness or paralysis on one side of the body
  (signs may be a drooping arm, leg or lower eyelid, or a dribbling mouth)
- slurred speech or difficulty in finding words or understanding speech
- sudden blurred vision or loss of sight
- confusion or unsteadiness
- severe headache

Use the Face Arm Speech Test as a simple test.
F  = Facial Weakness - Can the person smile?  Has their mouth or eye drooped?
A = Arm Weakness - Can the person raise both arms?
S = Speech problems - Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
T = Test these symptoms.

On 5 December 2007, the Government launched the National Stroke Strategy for England, which has been welcomed as a significant step forward for stroke care by The Stroke Association http://www.stroke.org.uk
Stroke is the third most common cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability, with someone in the UK having a stroke every five minutes.  Part of the strategy is to encourage members of the public and health and social care staff to recognise the main symptons of stroke and know if needs to be treated as a medical emergency.


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Re: National Stroke Strategy : FAST

Post by liz on Mon 8 May 2017 - 1:21

03 Apr 2008


That's really useful information stardust for people who don't know,
When mum took her first stroke it was a real severe one.As soon
as I looked at her I knew what had happened and phoned the doctor
I know now to phone 999.
but in our ignorance ( sis and me )as I was on the phone mum asked
to stand up her speach wasn't too bad,and my silly sister tried to stand her up
needles to say she fell back into her chair all her left side was paralysed the doc
was there within minutes and as she is trying to examine her my sister has my mums
leg pushing it up and down saying come on mum it's mind over matter,the doc said
do you mind waiting till Ive finished examining her then you can do that,we all laugh
about it now luckily she was only in hospital a week with nearly a full recovery,her
smile is lopsided and she was left with a very shakey hand,apart from that she was
great even the doctors couldn't believe how quick she recovered,
She has had 2 biggy strokes,and about 5 TAI'S they are little mini ones.
Talk about the constitution on a cast Iron donkey my little mother has that,
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Re: National Stroke Strategy : FAST

Post by Stardust on Mon 8 May 2017 - 1:23

04 Apr 2008

Ah, bless her, Liz, she sound like a real determined character with a strong personality.

I thought the information could be useful, and although I had heard before about the FAST method of remembering stroke symptoms, I hadn't committed it to memory so it's a good idea for me to do that too - you never know when you might need this kind of information, do you?


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