FAST is an acronym to help you recognise when someone might be having a stroke and to seek help quickly. It stands for:
Face - the person's face may have dropped on one side or they may be unable to smile or their eye or mouth may have drooped
Arms - they may be unable to lift both arms and keep them there
Speech - their speech may be slurred or garbled or they may not be able to talk at all
Time - It's time to dial 999 if you notice any of these signs.
The number of strokes occurring in men aged between 40 and 54 in the UK has gone up by 46% and by almost 30% in women in less than 15 years
For information about what you can do to help reduce your risk of having a stroke go to: Preventing Stroke.
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