Know the signs of stoke and act FAST

13 June 2016

Stroke is New Zealand’s third largest killer. Delayed recognition of a stroke can have tragic consequences, including further damage to the brain or death. From 5 June to early August is FAST awareness to help us all to recognise the signs of stroke.

Learn to recognise the signs of stroke, think FAST:

  • Face – Is their face drooping on one side?
  • Arm – Is one arm weak?
  • Speech – Is their speech jumbled, slurred or lost?
  • Time – Time to call 111.

A stroke can happen to anyone, anytime – it could be someone you know or the person next to you.

Each year 9,000 people have a stroke – that’s around one Kiwi each hour!

It is important to recognise when someone is having a stroke and to start medical treatment as soon as possible because treatment can reduce brain damage and mean better outcomes.

Know the signs of stroke. Acting FAST can save lives, improve recovery and reduce ongoing costs from stroke to families, caregivers and communities.

Stroke is always a medical emergency.

What can you do?

Call 111 immediately if you see any of the FAST signs.
Learn FAST and tell others about it. If we all learn to recognise the signs of stroke, we could save a life!

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Last updated: Monday, June 13, 2016

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