Stroke and Heart Attacks

Stroke - Act FAST

A stroke is a medical emergency and the public are urged to take the below symptoms seriously and call 999 immediately if they notice any single one of them in themselves or others.

  • Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
  • Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?
  • Speech – is their speech slurred?

Call 999 if you see any one of these signs.

Heart Attack? Know the signs and symptoms

Heart attack symptoms vary from one person to another. The most common signs of a heart attack are:

  • Pain or discomfort in your chest that suddenly occurs and doesn’t go away.
  • The pain may spread to your left or right arm or may spread to your neck, jaw, back or stomach. For some people the pain or tightness is severe, while other people just feel uncomfortable.
  • You may also feel sick, sweaty, light-headed or short of breath.

Think quick, act fast, call 999 immediately.

Featured Resources

When Stroke Strikes, Act F.A.S.T (2pp)

A5 flyer giving information on recognising the signs of a stroke, why you must act F.A.S.T. and how to reduce your risk.

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When Stroke Strikes, Act F.A.S.T (A4 poster - smart phone)

A4 poster giving information on recognising the signs of a stroke, why you must act F.A.S.T. and how to reduce your risk.

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Heart Attack? Know these signs and symptoms

This handy credit-card-sized leaflet explains the symptoms of a heart attack and what to do if you or someone else is having a heart attack.

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Heart Attack? Know these signs and symptoms (A4 poster)

This handy poster shows some of the common symptoms of a heart attack.

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Heart Start: Life saving guide

A short, visual booklet that provides a clear, step-by-step guide to responding in an emergency. It covers cardiac arrest, heart attack, choking and serious bleeding and is ideal for young people who have completed Heartstart training. 

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Heart Start - Training a nation of life savers (reminder card)

A handy fold-up card that fits neatly in your wallet or purse and covers the key points of the Heartstart course, including what to do if someone is unconscious, needs CPR, has chest pain, is choking or is bleeding heavily.  

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