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When Stroke Strikes Act F.A.S.T.

The F.A.S.T. campaign, supported by the Government of Ireland, aims to save lives by raising awareness of the signs of stroke.

The F.A.S.T. campaign, supported by the Government of Ireland, aims to save lives by raising awareness of the signs of stroke.

If more people knew that stroke was a medical emergency more lives could be saved.

TIME IS BRAIN. Stroke destroys two million brain cells every minute. If you suspect that someone is having a stroke call 112 or 999 immediately.

How to Act F.A.S.T.

A simple test can help you recognise if someone has had a stroke:

Every minute matters so act F.A.S.T.

Calling an ambulance and getting straight to the Emergency Department can make all the difference. Emergency treatments for stroke patients can save lives and greatly reduce the disability a person may have after their stroke. 

Other less common signs of stroke

While the most common signs of stroke are those highlighted in the F.A.S.T. campaign: Face – has the face drooped to one side, can the person smile? Arms- can the person raise both arms? And Speech: Is their speech slurred, there are a number of other less common symptoms of stroke that can also occur.

These may include: Problems with balance and coordination, a sudden and severe blinding headache, confusion, dizziness, difficultly understanding what other people are saying, loss of vision in one eye or one half of both eyes, sudden onset dizziness or vertigo, and a sudden loss of sensation on one side of the body involving both the arm and leg or the face and arm.

The F.A.S.T. signs occur in 90 to 95 per cent of all strokes so it’s important to remember to act F.A.S.T and call 999 or 112 if you think you or someone you know is having a stroke.

The faster you act, the more of the person you save

The most effective treatments can only be carried out within four hours after a stroke has occurred. That is why it is vital to call 112 or 999 as soon as possible.

A stroke is a brain attack so when it comes to stroke time is brain

There are two main treatments for ischaemic stroke (a blocked artery); thrombolysis and thrombectomy, and the quicker a patient receives these treatments the better their chances of making a full recovery.

" Minutes matter,  the quicker you get to hospital the better. If you think you are having a stroke dial 112 or 999 to call an ambulance. Remember act F.A.S.T. "

Dr Angie Brown, Medical Director , The Irish Heart Foundation

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