Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Perhaps some success in UK stroke awareness

A United Kingdom stroke awareness effort, launched in February, might have shown some success:
Statistics showed there was a 55% rise in the number of calls about possible stroke symptoms made to ambulance trusts in 2008/09.

Stroke is the cause of death for 9% of males and 13% of females in the UK. 150,000 people in the UK suffer from a stroke every year and a quarter occur in people aged under 65.

The FAST (Face, Arm, Speech, Time) campaign was created by doctors to help people recognise key stroke symptoms and allow emergency staff to identify problems quickly.
The quicker the help, quite often, the better the outcome! No matter where you are.

(Photo via flickr)

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