It’s time we all talk about the signs and symptoms of stroke, strokes are so common and can happen anywhere especially in the workplace. It is great to know how to identify someone having a stroke and to know what you can do to help.

Below is all the information you need to know about how to spot a stroke before it’s too late.

The FAST campaign encourages New Zealanders to learn the key signs of stroke and act fast by calling 111 if they suspect a stroke.

Prompt action can save lives, improve recovery and reduce ongoing costs from stroke to families, caregivers and the health services. It is vital to recognise when someone is having a stroke and to start treatment as soon as possible, because the sooner the medical treatment begins, the more likely brain damage can be reduced, and a better outcome achieved.

What are the signs?
The signs and symptoms of a stroke usually come on suddenly. The type of signs experienced will depend on what area of the brain is affected.

Common First signs of stroke include

  • Sudden weakness and/or numbness of face, arm and/or leg especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden blurred or loss of vision one or both eyes. 
  • Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding what others are saying
  • Sudden loss of balance or an unexplained fall or difficulty controlling movements, especially with any of the other signs.

How can you tell If someone is having a stroke?
Click here and learn the FAST check!


Saoirse Nesbit

Director Fire Rescue and First Response Ltd

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