Do you know the key signs of a stroke? The three key signs are a droopy smile, weakness on one side when arms are raised, and slurred speech or inability to speak. The Stroke Foundation of New Zealand launched a campaign on 16 October 2014 to help New Zealanders recognise the signs of a stroke.
The FAST (Face, Arm, Speech, Time) campaign encourages New Zealanders to learn what to look for and act fast by calling 111 if they suspect someone is having a stroke.
Every day, around 24 New Zealanders have a stroke, and a quarter occur in people under 65. It is estimated only 1 in 10 New Zealanders know the three main signs of a stroke and 1 in 3 cannot name any symptoms at all.
It is vital to get help for a person suffering a stroke quickly, because the sooner medical treatment begins, the more likely brain damage can be reduced.
- Read more about the FAST campaign on the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand website