A stroke is always a medical emergency. If you recognise the signs of stroke call 000. A stroke is not a heart attack. A stroke happens when the supply of blood to the brain is suddenly interrupted. Some strokes are fatal, while others cause permanent or temporary disability.
The longer a stroke remains untreated, the greater the chance of stroke-related brain damage. Emergency medical treatment soon after symptoms begin improves the chance of survival and successful rehabilitation.
Facial weakness, arm weakness and difficulty with speech are the most common symptoms or signs of stroke, but they are not the only signs. Other symptoms of stroke may include one or a combination of the following:
The F.A.S.T. test is an easy way to remember the most common signs of stroke. Using the F.A.S.T. test involves asking these simple questions:
If you see any of these signs call 000 straight away. If you or someone else experiences the signs of stroke, no matter how long they last, call 000 immediately.