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Act F.A.S.T. at the first signs of a stroke

Local residents are urged to act F.A.S.T. at the first sign of a stroke and call 999.

F-Face - has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?

A-Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?

S-Speech – is their speech slurred?

T-Time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs of a stroke

Acting F.A.S.T. as soon as stroke symptoms present themselves can not only save lives but potentially limit long-term effects.

Dr Matt Orr, local GP and GP director for Chorley and South Ribble Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Strokes are the third largest cause of death and the largest cause of complex disability; with over half of all stroke survivors left with a disability.

“A stroke is caused by a disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. It’s a medical emergency that requires immediate action and calling 999 at the first signs of a stroke is crucial.”

Some of the other symptoms that people should be aware of as these may occasionally be due to stroke 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, especially with any of the other symptoms

For more information on the signs and symptoms of a stroke visit the CCG's Stroke Act F.A.S.T. page.

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