Public Health England (PHE) and the Stroke Association are urging the public to Act FAST if they spot signs of stroke with the aim of saving lives and improving outcomes for survivors.
The latest Act FAST campaign will urge the public to call 999 if they notice any of the stroke symptoms in others or experience them themselves. The Act FAST campaign message is:
  • Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
  • Arms – can they raise both their arms and keep them there?
  • Speech – is their speech slurred?
  • Time – time to call 999
Recognising the signs of stroke and acting quickly so that the person can get to hospital within the vital 3 hour window results in a greater chance of recovery as well as reduced likelihood of permanent disability and lesser need for extensive rehabilitation.
Act FAST animation - Every minute counts
Public Health England's Act FAST campaign aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of stroke and to encourage people who recognise any one of these symptoms, in themselves or others, to call 999.
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