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?
  • TIME – Time is critical. Call 111.

A stroke is always a medical emergency. Even if the symptoms go away quickly or don’t cause pain you should call 111 immediately.

The FAST campaign is a joint initiative between the Stroke Foundation, Ministry of Health and Health Promotion Agency.

Find out more about the FAST campaign including how to get FAST resources.

Published on Thursday, June 16th, 2016, under Uncategorised
Page last updated: 20/09/2016

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