on Tuesday, 03 March 2015.

Around 150,000 people suffer from a stroke each year in the UK, that's one every 5 minutes! There are many telltale signs of a stroke that will allow you to act quickly.

Think of a stroke as a brain attack - strokes occur when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. It requires urgent medical, so you have to act FAST.

FAST is the recommended guide you should use for a casualty suspected of having a stroke. 

Facial weakness - can the casualty smile? Has their eye or mouth drooped at one side?

Arm weakness - can they raise BOTH of their arms?

Speech - can the casualty speak properly and understand what you say?

Time - call 999 immediately if you suspect someone of having a stroke.

You should reassure the casualty. Be prepared for them to lose consciousness and to resuscitate them if necessary.

Our handy infogram will guide you through the steps to treat someone who is suffering a stroke.

For further information on this subject, don't hesitate to call our helpful customer care team with any questions on 0845 071 0820.