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.