Recognise The Signs Of Stroke FAST
Written on the 26 October 2012The National Stroke Foundation has recently launched the FAST campaign. Funded in part by the Victorian Government the campaign’s focus is to help raise awareness among the community about the signs of stroke.
In Australia, a stroke occurs every 10 minutes, and is Australia’s second biggest killer after coronary heart disease and is a leading cause of disability.
The campaign highlights the F.A.S.T test as an easy way to remember and recognise the signs of stroke.
FAST stands for Face, Arms, Speech and Time to act:
Face - Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?
Arms - Can they lift both arms?
Speech - Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
Time - Is critical. If you see any of these signs call 000 straight away.
As a former registered nurse, Georgie has seen first-hand the effects a stroke can have.
“A stroke can happen to anyone, young or old. That’s why the Stroke Foundation’s F.A.S.T campaign is vital to creating public awareness in our communities,” Georgie said.
You can find out more about the Stroke Foundation’s F.A.S.T campaign here.
If you want to get involved and organise a FAST activity, you can visit the Community link here.
For more information about the Stroke Foundation please visit the Stroke Foundation website.