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First Sign of a Stroke

A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is disrupted, and it may lead to long-term disability in the casualty. It is therefore important to seek medical help as soon as possible when someone collapses from stroke. 

How do I know that I have a stroke?

It is important to be able to recognise the signs of stroke. The FAST test is an easy way to recognise and remember the most common signs of stroke.

FAST stands for:

Facial weakness – Can the person smile? Is his/her eye or mouth drooping? Does one side of the face droop?

Arm weakness – Can the person raise both arms? Does one arm drift downwards?

Speech difficulty – Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Does the speech sound slurred or strange?

Time to act fast – Call 995 immediately and go to a hospital.

Other symptoms include difficulty in swallowing, dizziness, severe headache (“worst headache ever had”), confusion, numbness.

 Act FAST for stroke. Call 995.

Source: Singapore National Stroke Association 

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