Remember - Act F.A.S.T. to save lives
Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Hampshire County Council is supporting the 'Act F.A.S.T.' campaign that aims to raise awareness about the signs of stroke.
Two new national TV adverts encourage people to call 999 immediately so that those experiencing a stroke can receive medical attention as quickly as possible.
The campaign is helping to spread the FAST message:
- Face - Has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
- Arms - Can they raise both arms and keep them there?
- Speech - Is their speech slurred?
- Time - Time to call 999 if you see any of these signs or symptoms.
Over 1,300 Hampshire residents are admitted to hospital suffering a stroke each year, with 60% of these aged under 75 years old. Stroke is a treatable condition and continues to be the third leading cause of death in England. The brain damage caused by strokes means that they are the largest cause of adult disability in the UK. Those aged over 55 and people from African, Caribbean and South Asian origins are most at risk and twice as likely to suffer a stroke as people of European origin.
Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Executive Member for Adult Services and Public Health said: "It is important that all of us are aware of the symptoms of stroke so we can act immediately if we suspect someone is having a stroke or a mini-stroke (TIA). I would urge everyone to remember the F.A.S.T message: face, arms, speech and time to call 999. The faster a stroke patient receives treatment, the better their chances are of surviving."