Diabetes UK is supporting the Government’s Act F.A.S.T. campaign launched to raise awareness of the fact that stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention.
The campaign also wants to help people recognise the signs that someone is having a stroke and inform on what urgent measures should be taken to help them.
A stroke happens when the blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted. All cells, including those of the brain, need oxygen and glucose and without them the cells die. This interruption of the blood supply can be caused either by a clot (thrombosis) or a bleed (haemorrhage).
Prompt action is crucial
Prompt action after a stroke is crucial as it can prevent further damage to the brain and help someone make a full recovery. Delay can result in death or major long-term disabilities, such as paralysis, severe memory loss and communication problems.
The Act F.A.S.T. campaign key messages focus on three specific symptoms of stroke and on the required action if someone displays any of these symptoms:
Stroke – Act F.A.S.T.
- - Has their face fallen to one side? Can the person smile?
- - Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
- - Is their speech slurred?
- - Time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs.
Diabetes is a risk factor
Cathy Moulton, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK said, “Diabetes is one of the risk factors for having a stroke. Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to the furring up of arteries and high blood pressure both of which can cause a stroke. This is why this campaign is so important and has received the backing of Diabetes UK.
"Keeping their diabetes well controlled will help people with the condition cut their risk of having a stroke. Other risk factors for having a stroke include heart disease, irregular heart beat and high cholesterol and we encourage anyone who has diabetes to see their doctor or nurse if they think they think they might be at risk of having a stroke.”
For more information on the campaign, follow the 'related links' on this page.