Be A Stroke Saver - Act FAST
The Act FAST campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the
signs of stroke, has re-launched the TV advert campaign this
The advert shows the symptoms we should look for to identify
someone suffering from a stroke, making everyone a potential stroke
The common symptoms of stroke are:
- facial weakness - can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye
- arm weakness - can the person raise both arms?
- speech problems - can the person speak clearly and understand
what you say?
Public Health Minister Anna Soubry said:
"Despite being a treatable condition, stroke continues to be the
third leading cause of death in England and the largest cause of
adult disability. It does not need to be this way.
"Treatment for stroke is improving, with more and more patients
being seen in specialist stroke units.
"However, in order for people who have had a stroke to get the
treatment they need quickly, it's essential that we are all aware
of the signs and symptoms so we can Act FAST."
Following a successful Act FAST campaign last year, the NHS in
England saw a 25% rise in stroke related 999 calls, and a 19% rise
in stroke sufferers being seen quicker.
The campaign was originally launched in 2009.
To see the advert go to: http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/2013/03/act-fast-saver/