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First aid for a
stroke

Watch the video, in which Mrs D has a stroke.

Use the information below the video to remind yourself how to help someone who is having a stroke.

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Think F.A.S.T. Face: is there weakness on one side of their face? Arms: can they raise both arms? Speech: is their speech easily understood? Time: to call 999.

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Strokes are caused by a blockage of the blood supply to the brain. Part of the brain becomes damaged, and this can affect people’s appearance, bodily functions, speech and sight.

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Immediately call 999 or get someone else to do it.

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A stroke needs immediate attention, and the faster the person receives medical help, the less damage is caused.

Talk to the person to reassure them while you wait for the ambulance.

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We love to hear from people who have stepped forward to help in a first aid emergency. If you have a first aid story that you'd be happy to share, please email firstaid@redcross.org.uk including your name, telephone number and some brief details about what happened. The British Red Cross will only use your information to contact you about your first aid story.

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