Tuesday 27 September 2016

Act fast when stroke strikes

Published 19/05/2015 | 02:30

Time is vital when someone is having a stroke
Time is vital when someone is having a stroke

FAST is a simple way to remember what to look for, and what to do, if you think someone is having a stroke. Look for weaknesses in the person's: Face.Arm. Speech.

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Time is vital - dial 112 immediately. More than 10,000 people in Ireland suffer a stroke every year and it is the the biggest cause of acquired disability.

One third of strokes happen in people under 65 years of age. Dr Martin Mulroy, geriatrician at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, says: "The FAST campaign has improved the rapid diagnosis of patients with stroke attending hospitals in Ireland. This campaign has also contributed to reducing the disabilities associated with stroke. Stroke is one of the top three causes of death in Ireland. Act FAST, dial 999."

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