Stroke Week

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Are you wise to the signs of a stroke?

This week is Stroke Week, which is an opportunity to teach your people to recognise if someone is having a stroke - their ability to do so could save a life.

  • Each year 9,000 people have a stroke – that’s around one Kiwi each hour!
  • It can happen to anyone at any time – it could be the person next to you.
  • It is important to recognise when someone is having a stroke and to start medical treatment as soon as possible because fast treatment can reduce brain damage and mean better outcomes.
  • Acting FAST can save lives, improve recovery and reduce ongoing costs from stroke to families, caregivers and communities.
  • A stroke is always a medical emergency - even if the signs go away quickly or don’t cause pain, call 111 immediately.

The FAST check (also on video):

Face – Is their face drooping on one side? Can they smile?
Arm – Is one arm weak? Can they raise both arms?
Speech – Is their speech jumbled or slurred? Can they speak at all? 
Time – Time is critical. Call 111.

If someone is showing these signs, call 111 immediately.

See the Strokewise website for more information, including ways to prevent strokes and act to help others become stroke wise, and to assess your stroke risk.


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