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Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke can potentially save your life. There are four vital steps you can take to ensure you recognise if you are having a stroke and seek medical attention as soon as possible.

F.A.S.T

FAST  is a test encouraged for you to use if you think either you or someone around you is suffering a stroke. Knowing these simple four steps could save your life.

FACE: One of the common signs and symptoms of having a stroke is drooping of one side of the face.

ARMS: Usually one or both arms will not lift.

SPEECH: Slurred or confused speech is another common stroke symptom.

TIME: Time is extremely crucial when suffering a stroke. Call 000 immediately and wait for medical attention to arrive.

There are other signs of stroke to be aware of which include:

  • Paralysis or clumsiness of the face, arm or leg (one or both sides)
  • Difficulty in speaking or understanding
  • A loss of balance or unexplained falling, dizziness
  • Sudden decrease or blurred vision in either one or both eyes, double vision or even loss of vision altogether
  • Severe headache
  • Difficulty in swallowing

Suffering a stroke is always considered a medical emergency and the longer it remains untreated, the greater risk of brain damage.