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Understanding a Stroke or Brain Attack
What actually happens to your body when you have a Stroke? There are different types of Stroke.
Signs and symptoms of a Stroke You can recognise a stroke using the FAST test:
FACIAL weakness - Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
ARM weakness - Can the person raise both arms?
SPEECH problems - Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
TIME to call 999
Other symptoms could be
When you call 999, you should tell the ambulance service that you suspect the person is having a stroke. The ambulance service will then treat this case as ' category A', which means this is an immediate life-threatening condition. The target time for responding to category A calls is 8 minutes, so you can expect the ambulance to arrive within this time
Not all these warning signs occur with every stroke and even if they appear to go away should never be ignored. The quicker you get medical attention, the more likely it is that the outcome will be better.
Within 3 hours is the optimum time.