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.