Published on Nov 22, 2017
Medically reviewed by Freda Lewis-Hall, MD, DFAPA
I am writing this a few days before Halloween, which seems fitting — because there are not many things scarier than a stroke. Like a heart attack, a stroke can come on suddenly, with little or no advance warning. And like a heart attack, a stroke can cause serious and lasting damage, or it may be fatal, especially if you don't respond quickly. That's why it's very important to know stroke's warning signs and if you see them, call 000 (Australia) or 111 (New Zealand) immediately. A quick response can literally mean the difference between life and death. Warning signs of stroke include sudden:
If you observe or suspect anyone to have at least one of those symptoms, act FAST. Here's a way to remember what to do – remember the letters F-A-S-T:
Another study found that even though people recognised a friend or family member might be having a stroke, they may not make an emergency call. However, they would immediately make an emergency call if they thought a friend/family member was having a heart attack.
In a stroke, minutes matter - dial 000 (Australia) or 111 (New Zealand)!
Last reviewed 28/09/2020
-Stroke Foundation Australia
-Stroke Foundation of New Zealand