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.

FAST: What to look for when a stroke happens.

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
Page last updated: 13/08/2018

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