Think F.A.S.T - know the signs of stroke

We're encouraging residents to be vigilant to the signs of stroke and to encourage people who recognise any one of the symptoms in themselves or others to call 999 immediately.

Think F.A.S.T - know the signs of stroke

A stroke is a ‘brain attack’, caused by a disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. It’s a medical emergency that requires immediate attention.

Stroke is a major cause of death in Stockport and almost half of all stroke survivors are left with a disability.

The F.A.S.T. (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) test helps people identify the most common signs of a stroke, and to emphasise the importance of acting quickly by calling 999.

Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?
Speech – is their speech slurred?
Time to call 999 without delay

Councillor Tom McGee, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, said: “If someone suffers a stroke it can result in death or serious disability. However if they get immediate medical attention the better their chances of a good recovery. A stroke is a medical emergency, it is therefore vitally important the public know the signs of stroke to know whether to call an ambulance. Stepping Hill’s stroke unit, run by Stockport NHS Foundation Trust was recently ranked the best in the country so anyone suffering a stroke can be assured of the best possible treatment.”

For Further Information and advice about stroke see