If you suspect someone may have had a stroke, it is important to act quickly.
Call 999 immediately if you notice any single one of the signs of a stroke in yourself or others.
The ‘Act F.A.S.T.’ acronym is helpful to remember some of the main signs:
- 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 to call 999
Other signs that may be due to a stroke or mini-stroke include:
- Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes
- Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of your body (including in your leg)
- Sudden memory loss or confusion
- Sudden dizziness, unsteadiness, or a sudden fall, especially with any of the other signs