Stroke Awareness: BE FAST to Save a Life

Stroke is a medical emergency, but recognising the signs can help save a life. If you, or someone with you, is experiencing the signs or symptoms of a stroke, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

Quick – or FAST – action can improve the chances of survival and recovery. If you are experiencing the symptoms, do not drive – an ambulance will get you to the best hospital for stroke care, plus paramedics can provide interim medical attention. 

Not sure what a stroke is? Learn more here. 

Signs of a stroke: Remember, BE FAST! 

Balance – is there dizziness, headache, or a loss of balance?

Eyes – has vision become blurry?

 

Face – is it drooping?

Arms – can you raise both?

Speech – is it slurred or jumbled?

Time – to call 911 right away.

Of course, the best defence against stroke is prevention.

Speak to your physician about your risk factors and how you can reduce your risk of stroke.