According to Public Health England, the Act Fast Campaign to raise awareness of stroke symptoms, which was launched five years ago, has saved thousands of people from potentially avoidable brain damage and serious disability.
A new campaign will aim to raise awareness of the symptoms of mini-strokes, including:
- Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision.
- Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body.
- Sudden memory loss or confusion.
- Sudden dizziness, unsteadiness or falls.
It is estimated that 10,000 more strokes could be prevented each year if the warning-signs of mini-strokes were heeded by the public.
The new campaign will target African and Caribbean and South Asian communities particularly, which are known to have a higher risk of stroke.
Stroke campaign ‘saved 4,000 from serious disability’. London: BBC Health News, February 2nd 2015.
This relates to:
PHE encourages people to act FAST if they experience stroke symptoms. London: Public Health England, February 2nd 2015.
There is also the .pdf format press release:
PHE encourages people to act FAST if they experience stroke symptoms. London: Public Health England, January 30th 2015.