Posted: Friday 16th February 2018
Hertfordshire County Council is supporting the Act F.A.S.T. stroke campaign and urges residents to be fully aware of the signs of stroke in themselves or others and immediately seek medical help.
The campaign has been launched by Public Health England in partnership with the Stroke Association and aims to highlight that a stroke is an emergency which requires urgent medical assistance.
Stroke is the fourth single leading cause of death in the UK and approximately 100,000 people suffer a stroke every year.
This campaign urges people to use the F.A.S.T. (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) approach, a simple test to help identify the most common signs of a stroke. We would urge residents to call 999 if they notice any of the following:
• Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
• Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?
• Speech – is their speech slurred?
There are some other signs that people should be aware of that may also be caused by stroke. These include:
• Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes
• Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body
• Sudden memory loss or confusion
• Sudden dizziness, unsteadiness or a sudden fall
Visit https://twitter.com/hertscc to view our promotion of the campaign and for any further information regarding how to spot signs of stroke.