National stroke week

The sooner you get help, the better your chance of recovery


When you have a stroke, your brain isn't getting the blood it needs. The sooner you get help, the less likely you'll have serious, lasting problems and the better your chance of recovery.


Typical stroke symptoms can include:


  • Numbness or weakness in your face, arm, or leg, especially on one side
  • Confusion or trouble understanding other people
  • Trouble speaking
  • Trouble seeing with one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking or staying balanced or coordinated
  • Dizziness
  • Severe headache that comes on for no reason

The FAST test is a quick way to check someone for symptoms:

  • Face: Smile! Does one side of their face droop?
  • Arms: Raise both arms - is one higher than the other? Do they have a hard time holding one up?
  • Speech: Repeat a short, simple sentence, like "Mary had a little lamb." Do they slur their words? Is it hard to understand them?
  • Time: If any of these are "yes," go straight to hospital.
  • CALL 000: you will need to be taken to an Emergency Department

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