What is stroke
What is a stroke?
A stroke is a blood clot or bleed in the brain which can leave lasting damage affecting mobility, cognition, sight or communication.
What are the symptoms of stroke?
Stroke is a medical emergency. A pre-hospital assessment tool has been developed called the Face Arm Speech Test (FAST). Using this system will help people to quickly diagnose whether someone is having a stroke so that they can be taken to hospital to receive the early treatment they need.
- Facial weakness - can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
- Arm weakness - can the person raise both arms?
- Speech problems - can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
- Time to call 999.
For more information, please visit the Stroke Association Website
Other useful links
Stroke Specialist Library
Mending Hearts and Brains
Other stroke networks