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.
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