In the UK, there are 152,000 strokes every year. Stroke is the third biggest killer and the largest cause of complex disability.
Stroke can also have a devastating emotional and financial impact on survivors and their families. However, thanks to medical and technological advances, the number of people dying from stroke has almost halved over the past 20 years, while research has transformed care and set the stage for conquering stroke. But the key to successful stroke outcomes comes from one simple rule, to get emergency help as soon as possible.
By getting emergency help as soon as possible, by calling 999, the stroke patient goes to the right hospital for treatment.
The signs of a stroke or mini-stroke can be detected through the FAST test.
Here’s what to look for:
- Facial weakness; Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
- Arm weakness; Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
- Speech problems; Can the person speak clearly and understand what you are saying?
- Time to call 999; If you see any one of these signs, seek immediate medical attention.
The paramedics on arrival from the 999 call will confirm whether a stroke has taken place or is underway, from this they will take the patient to Pinderfields’ Hospital, which is the district centre for specialist stroke treatment.