World Stroke Day 2015

World Stroke Day 2015

"When mummy had a stroke in the late 60s, there was so little known and much less awareness of stroke than there is today. It was the worst time of my life. A stroke happens out of the blue and knowing how to recognise the symptoms is so important. If you know what you’re looking for, you can get your loved ones the help they need immediately. We must remember to think and Act FAST, you could save the life of someone you love. Face, Arms, Speech – Time to call an ambulance."
Miriam Margolyes - Stroke Association ambassador

 To mark World Stroke Day 2015, Public Health England and the Stroke Association are urging the public to Act FAST if they spot the signs of a stroke.

20-year-old Joe had a stroke at the age of 15 in his English class at school. A quick-thinking classmate suggested Joe could have been having a stroke, after recognising the FAST symptoms. An ambulance was called and Joe was rushed to hospital. 


"I remember really wanted to get back to school after my stroke. It was when my friends were all doing their GCSEs, and I was determined to join them. Within a month, I taught myself how to walk and talk again, and learnt how to use my left hand to write. I managed to sit some of my exams at school, which was huge achievement."
Stroke survivor Joe Marchant
"Thanks to the Stroke Association, I have had an amazing insight into the impact that a stroke can have on the survivor and their family. Black people are twice as likely to have a stroke compared to white people therefore it’s vital that we all know the signs of stroke, so that we can think and Act FAST. On World Stroke Day let’s ensure that our friends and family know and understand the FAST message. You could save someone’s life."
Diane Parish - Stroke Association ambassador

Time lost is brain lost

  • During a stroke, a person loses almost two million nerve cells per miute
  • There are around 152,000 strokes every year in the UK - that's one every three and a half minutes
  • There are over 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK today living with the impact of stroke

If you think someone is having a stroke, you can use the FAST test to recognise the signs:

Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?

Arms – can they raise both their arms and keep them there?

Speech – is their speech slurred?

Time – time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs