Act F.A.S.T.

When a stroke strikes, act F.A.S.T.

A stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention. So recognising the signs of stroke and calling 999 for an ambulance is crucial. The sooner somebody who is having a stroke gets urgent medical attention, the better their chances of a good recovery.

The F.A.S.T. acronym is a simple test to help you identify stroke symptoms:

Other stroke symptoms you should be aware of include:

  • Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes
  • Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body
  • Sudden memory loss or confusion
  • Sudden dizziness, unsteadiness or a sudden fall, especially with any of the other symptoms

If you spot signs of a stroke, it is vital to get the person to hospital within the vital three-hour window. This results in a greater chance of recovery as well as likely reduction in permanent disability.


  • There are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK every year
  • On average, there are over 40,000 stroke deaths in the UK each year
  • There are around 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK
  • Almost two-thirds of stroke survivors leave hospital with moderate to severe disability 
  • 93% of people would call 999 if they saw a stroke, however 24% incorrectly think that they need to see two or more signs before making the call


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