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HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley and Sefton

ACT FAST CAMPAIGN

Earlier this month, Public Health England relaunched the national ‘Act FAST’ stroke campaign, working closely with the Stroke Association.

Hopefully by now, you will have seen or heard about the campaign, either through TV or radio advertising or social media.  If you haven’t, it’s really important that you know what the signs are to look out for, and importantly, what to do if you suspect someone is have a stroke.

The FAST campaign highlights the sings for you to look out for:-

Face – has their face fallen to one side? Can they smile?
Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?
Speech – is their speech slurred?
Time – call 999 if you see any of these signs

Other symptoms can include sudden loss of vision or blurred vision, weakness or numbness on one side of the body, sudden memory loss or confusion or sudden dizziness.

If you see any of the above symptoms, it’s important that you act FAST and call 999 – the sooner you act the better their chances of a good recovery.  There’s lots of stroke prevention advice available on www.nhs.uk (search ‘stroke prevention’) including having a healthy diet, regular exercise, give up smoking and not drinking too much alcohol.

Also, if you’re aged 40-74, have you had your free NHS health check?  It is designed to help spot the early signs of a stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia.  You’ve got nothing to lose and lots to gain as you will receive advice around the steps you can take to lower your risk of developing these conditions.  

Find out more about the free NHS check on www.healthyknowsley.co.uk (click on ‘checking’).

Posted by Matthew Ashton on February 7th, 2018

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