Stroke Awareness Month: The FAST test

The FAST Test is the best way to spot the signs of a stroke and save lives.

Throughout the month we have been promoting awareness of strokes and sharing information and advice on life after a stroke.

Every 5 minutes, a stroke occurs to someone of any age. The sooner emergency help has been provided, the more likely recovery can be achieved.

The FAST test sets out 4 simple and easy to remember steps to help spot the signs of a stroke.

FACE – the person’s face has fallen to one side, they cannot move their mouth or either their mouth or eye has dropped.

ARMS – they cannot lift their arms, or hold them in the air due to numbness or weakness.

SPEECH – their speech is slurred, or they are unable to speak at all. They may not be able to understand what you are saying.

TIME – call 999 if you see these three signs.

These are the three most common symptoms of a stroke, but further symptoms could be feeling weak or numbness on one side of the body, blurred vision or sight loss in one or both eyes, struggling to find the right words or speak clearly, memory loss, dizziness or a severe headache.

The FAST test can also be used to spot signs of a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA), which is commonly referred to as a mini-stroke. The symptoms of a TIA last for a shorter amount of time but is still a medical emergency.

Life after a stroke is different for everyone. For some, rehabilitation can help regain former independence, whilst for many, the lasting effects can make changes to everyday life. At Heritage Healthcare Wakefield, our care team can provide the extra support needed to continue living at home comfortably. Our care plans are bespoke to each client, based on their needs and wishes, with a range of services that can be adapted when needed. We provide support to stroke survivors and their loved ones.

You can find out more about our services by visiting ‘Our Services’ page here or contacting our friendly team through your preferred contact method here.

To find out more about life after a stroke and to find local support, please click here to be taken to the Stroke Association website.

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