Know the signs of stroke: Think FAST
Around 24 New Zealanders have a stroke each day – about six of those are aged under 65.
A stroke will strike suddenly. Damage will move through the brain fast. But you can help if you know the signs to look for, and think and act fast.
- 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?
- TAKE ACTION – Time is critical. Call 111 immediately.
A stroke is always a medical emergency so you should call 111 immediately – rather than your doctor, family and friends, or waiting for it to pass.
The FAST campaign is a joint initiative between the Stroke Foundation, Ministry of Health and Health Promotion Agency.
Published on Monday, June 4th, 2018, under News