A stroke or brain attack occurs when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted, Strokes are the third most common cause of death in the UK and leave many with a long-term disability.
When dealing with a stroke, speed is of the essence. The earlier the casualty receives treatment, the better.
If you suspected someone was suffering from a stroke, what would you do?
If you suspect a person has had a stroke, use the FAST (Face-Arm-Speech-Test) guide:
F Facial weakness: the person is unable to smile and their eye and/or mouth is droopy
A Arm weakness: the person is only able to raise one arm
S Speech problems: the person is unable to speak clearly or cant understand the spoken word
T Time to call 999/112 for emergency help if you suspect the person has had a stroke