If you have a stroke, the blood supply to your brain is cut off. After a few minutes without oxygen and food from your blood, your brain begins to suffer damage.
Depending on the type of stroke, you can be permanently disabled – but many people recover well.
If you have high blood pressure and smoke, you’re at a much greater risk of having a stroke.
Know the signs – think FAST
If you think you or someone else is suffering a stroke, call 111 immediately.
The sooner treatment is received, the less damage a stroke will cause.
Know the signs of a stroke - think FAST:
- Face: Is it drooping on one side?
- Arm: Is one arm weak?
- Speech: Is it jumbled, slurred or lost?
- Time to call 111.
A stroke can happen to anyone, anytime. It could be someone you know, someone next to you.
Know the signs. Think FAST.
Face: Is it drooping on one side?
Arm: Is one arm weak?
Speech: Is it jumbled, slurred or lost?
Time to call 111.
A stroke is an emergency. If you see ANY of these signs call 111 to give someone a better chance of recovery.
Know the signs of stroke. Think FAST.
The Stroke Foundation website has detailed information on:
- recognising stroke
- living with stroke
- stories from people who’ve recovered from stroke
- resources for stroke sufferers and their families.
Mini-strokes – or TIAs
A transient ischaemic attack (TIA) – also called a ‘mini-stroke’ – has similar symptoms to a stroke. However, most people fully recover within a few minutes or an hour.
If you think you’ve had a TIA, you must see a doctor immediately. A TIA may be a warning that a stroke will follow.
You can read more about TIAs on the Stroke Foundation website:
This NZ website helps you find reliable and trustworthy health information.
- Know Your Numbers – use this Heart Foundation website to calculate your risk of heart attack or stroke.
Video: A stroke can happen anytime
Stroke expert Dr Anna Ranta talks about the importance of the FAST campaign message - and the real difference it can make.