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Act F.A.S.T


In 2 February 2017, Public Health England will relaunch the national Act FAST stroke campaign, working closely with the Stroke Association. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of stroke and to encourage people who recognise any single one of the symptoms of stroke, in themselves or others, to call 999 immediately.
The campaign is built around the Act F.A.S.T.  (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) acronym to emphasise the importance of acting quickly by calling 999:

  • F ace  has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
  • A rms  can they raise both arms and keep them there?
  • S peech  is their speech slurred?
  • T ime to call 999


Acting F.A.S.T. as soon as stroke symptoms present themselves can not only save lives but potentially limit long-term effects.
Approximately 110,000 people have a stroke each year in England. It is the third largest, cause of death, and the largest cause of complex disability; over half of all stroke survivors are left with a disability.
This campaign aims to highlight the role that others can play when someone is having a stroke, empowering them to call 999 if they notice any symptoms.


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