How do you identify the signs of a stroke?

The most common signs of stroke are:

  • Numbness. This may be felt in the face, arm, leg or possibly around the mouth. Most commonly the weakness occurs on one side of the body.
  • Speech problems. Speech may be slurred, and the affected individual may be unable to speak at all.
  • Confusion. You may become confused and have trouble understanding what people are saying to you.
  • Vision problems.  Double vision may be experienced or difficulty to see out of one eye or both eyes.
  • Dizziness. Feeling dizzy and difficultly with coordination and balance may be experienced.
  • Head pain.  A severe headache may suddenly come and possible vomiting.

The main symptoms of stroke can be remembered with the…

FAST: Face-Arms-Speech-Time.

  • 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 for emergency help if you see any single one of these signs.