The FAST Campaign
Is it a stroke? Check it out the FAST way! Call 111 immediately if you suspect a stroke!
Each year about 9000 New Zealanders have a stroke – that is more than 20 people a day. For many who survive a stroke, recovery can be a lifelong process. It is vital to recognise when someone is having a stroke and to start treatment as soon as possible, because the sooner medical treatment begins, the more likely brain damage can be reduced and a better outcome achieved.
The FAST campaign encourages New Zealanders to learn the key signs of stroke and to act fast by calling 111 if they suspect a stroke. Prompt action can save lives, improve recovery and reduce ongoing costs from stroke to families, caregivers and tax payers.
The FAST check
Face – SMILE (is one side droopy?)
Arms – RAISE BOTH ARMS (is one side weak?)
Speech – SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (slurred? Unable to?)
Time – Lost time could be lost brain, get to hospital FAST
Stroke is always a medical emergency. Even if the symptoms go away quickly or don’t cause pain call 111 immediately.
FAST posters, pamphlets, wallet cards and fridge magnets are available from your regional Stroke Foundation Office.
Download them as PDFs
Stroke is a Medical Emergency – Act FAST
- Learn more at our Recognising Stroke page.
- Watch our short video about FAST below.
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