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’Think F.A.S.T, act fast’ - Stroke Foundation

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The Stroke Foundation is reminding New Zealanders to “think fast and act fast” during the coronavirus pandemic through a national campaign launching this week.

This is a move to ensure people recognise the signs of a stroke and act immediately to save lives.

 Consultant Neurologist at Christchurch Hospital Dr John Funk says there is concern that many New Zealanders don’t want to be a burden on the health system at this time and so are not seeking urgent medical attention when they need it most.

 “When someone is showing signs of having a stroke, the best thing to do is act fast and call 111. We are open for business. Getting access to stroke treatment can help save lives.”

 The national charity is highlighting the important acronym F.A.S.T. to remember the different signs of a stroke.

  •   •  F…Face…Is their/your face drooping on one side?

  •   •  A…Arm…Is one arm weak?

  •   •  S…Speech...Is it mixed up, slurred or lost?

  •   •  T…Take Action...Stroke is always an emergency. Call 111 immediately.

 To remind people of the important F.A.S.T. messaging, the Stroke Foundation’s campaign will launch next week with advertisements running across mainstream media.

 Stroke Foundation CEO Mark Vivian says “we know that many New Zealanders will continue to be affected by stroke during this time and it’s important that we remind people of the signs to look out for if they or someone in their bubble are experiencing a stroke.

 “If any of the signs of stroke are recognised, don’t wait, call 111 straight away. The sooner they reach hospital, the greater the chance of recovery.”

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