Stroke Recognition

Following on from yesterday’s blog on strokes and the different types of strokes – today’s First Aid blog looks at signs and symptoms and how for first aiders to recognize a stroke occurring.

Signs and symptoms

  • One sided weakness or paralysis
  • Slurred speech
  • Blurred vision
  • Severe headache
  • Mental confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Generally unwell

It’s vital to know how to spot the warning signs of a stroke in yourself or someone else. Using the FAST test is the best way to do this.

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FAST test

Face: Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?

Arms: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?

Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?

Time: if you see any of these three signs, it’s time to call 999.

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