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 the health services. 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 signs and symptoms of stroke usually come on suddenly. The type of signs experienced will depend on what area of the brain is affected.
By learning to recognise the symptoms of stroke you could save a life! Learn the FAST check.
Stroke is always a medical emergency. Even if the symptoms go away quickly or don’t cause pain call 111 immediately.
FAST posters, fliers, wallet cards and fridge magnets are available from National Office on email@example.com or your regional Stroke Foundation office.
Or download them as PDFs:FAST posterFAST flierFAST wallet cardFAST fridge magnet
Go to the Stroke Foundation website here.