Have you been affected by the depiction of stroke in Coronation Street?
If you have been affected by the recent Coronation Street stroke storyline, our Stroke Helpline and Information Service is here for you.
In the UK, someone has a stroke every three and a half minutes. It can happen to people out of the blue, and its effects last a lifetime. There are over a million people in the UK rebuilding their lives after stroke, and rely on their families and loved ones for vital support.
Know the warning signs and act FAST
The FAST test can help you spot the early warning signs of a stroke:
FACE: Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?
ARMS: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
SPEECH: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?
TIME: If you see any one of these three signs, it’s TIME to call 999. Stroke is always an emergency that requires immediate medical attention.
Recognising the signs of stroke or mini-stroke and calling 999 for an ambulance is crucial. The quicker a patient arrives at a specialist stroke unit, the quicker they will receive appropriate treatment and the more likely they are to make a better recovery.