A stroke is a serious medical emergency that is caused when a blood vessel supplying blood and oxygen to your brain becomes blocked or ruptures.
Interrupted or reduced blood supply to your brain means vital oxygen and nutrients are cut off causing your brain cells to die.
It is important to recognise the symptoms of a stroke. The recent NHS FAST campaign* highlighted a quick way to access a stroke victim:
F Face – has one side of the victim’s face fallen? Can they smile?
A Arms – can the victim raise both arms and keep them raised?
S Speech – is the victim’s speech slurred?
T Time – call 999 if you see any one of these symptoms
For more information on stroke and the NHS FAST campaign visit the Stroke – Act F.A.S.T. website
* Source – NHS Choices
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