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Nottinghamshire council backs national stroke awareness campaign

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Nottinghamshire County Council is backing a campaign to make people aware of when someone may be suffering from a stroke.

The Public Health team is reminding residents of the signs to look out for.

National TV advertising is once again promoting the FAST message in relation to possible strokes, and urging people to call 999 immediately if they suspect someone is having a stroke:

The FAST acronym means:

Face – Has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?

Arms – Can they raise both arms and keep them there?

Speech – Is their speech slurred?

Time – Time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs

The faster a stroke patient receives treatment, the better their chances are of surviving and reducing long-term disability.

Coun Joyce Bosnjak, Chair of the Nottinghamshire Health and Wellbeing Board said: “It’s not just people who might be in at risk groups who need to understand what the key signs of a stroke might be. Any of us could find ourselves around someone having a stroke, and need to know how to recognise it and how to react. I urge everyone to familiarise themselves with the FAST campaign.”

The latest TV advertising reflectd people most at risk of a stroke are aged over 55, and people of an African Caribbean or south Asian origin are twice as likely to experience a stroke.

Watch the latest Act Fast videos at www.nhs.uk/actfast, or visit the Stroke Association website at www.stroke.org.uk for more information.

 

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