A simple guide to help you spot the signs and symptoms of a stroke

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May is Stroke awareness month and did you know that in the UK a stroke strikes every 5 minutes?

A stroke can happen to anyone regardless of age, therefore it’s vital to know and understand how to spot the warning signs and symptoms.

Below is a crucial guide by the Stroke Association using the FAST test method. This method will enable you to spot the warning signs of a stroke within yourself or somebody else.

Signs of Stroke

• Face: Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?
• Arms: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
• Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?
• Time: If you see any of these three signs, it’s time to call 999.

There is no way of knowing if symptoms will pass or get better when they first start, so you need to seek immediate medical help.

Other Symptoms of Stroke

The FAST test helps to spot the three most common symptoms of stroke. But there are other signs that you should always take seriously. These include:• Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, including legs, hands or feet.
• Difficulty finding words or speaking in clear sentences.
• Sudden blurred vision or loss of sight in one or both eyes.
• Sudden memory loss or confusion, and dizziness or a sudden fall.
• A sudden, severe headache.

Remember a stroke is a medical emergency. Always dial 999 if you have any of the above symptoms.

The Stroke Unit

Located at our leading Hospital The Stroke Unit is one of the UK’s foremost specialist units for stroke treatment and stroke rehab. The specialist unit offers a comprehensive service for stroke patients covering stroke care and rehabilitation, physiotherapy, mini strokes and TIA’s, neuropsychology from our expert consultants.

The dedicated unit offers state of the art facilities and our expert consultants work together to provide uninterrupted co-ordinated care.

Make an Appointment:

To learn more about The Stroke Unit or to make an appointment email Stroke@hje.org.uk or call 020 7806 4075.

Flexible appointment times are available.

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