Is it a stroke?
Learn the main signs of stroke and to act F.A.S.T. by calling 111 if you suspect a stroke.
The F.A.S.T. campaign encourages everyone to learn the key signs of stroke and to think F.A.S.T., act fast and look out for each other by calling 111 if they suspect a stroke. Prompt action can save lives - as well as improve recovery.
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 quicker a clot can be dissolved or removed, the less damage is done, and the better the chance of a strong recovery.
A stroke is a brain attack – it's very serious. The symptoms might show on the face, arm or in speech, but it's the brain that's being damaged.
If any of the signs of stroke are recognised, don’t wait, call 111 straight away. Don't call your doctor or drive yourself – get help immediately. Ambulance staff want to hear from you if you recognise the F.A.S.T. signs – call 111 and tell them it's a stroke. You can learn more about what a stroke is here.