First Aid Tip - Strokes

A stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted. Strokes are the third most common cause of death in the UK.

Use the FAST (Face - Arm - Speech - Time) guide if you suspect a casualty has had a stroke:

F - facial weakness - the casualty is unable to smile evenly and the mouth or eye may be droopy.

A - Arm weakness - the casualty is only able to raise one of their arms.

S - Speech problems - the casualty is unable to speak clearly.

T - Time to call 999/112 for emergency help if you suspect that the casualty has had a stroke.