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Stroke first aid

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If you think someone is having a stroke, immediately call 111 and ask for an ambulance.

Even if the symptoms go away while you're waiting for the ambulance, it's still important to go to hospital for an assessment.

Symptoms of stroke

Use the FAST check to recognise the symptoms of a stroke:

Other signs

Other signs of a stroke can include:

While waiting for the ambulance

If the person is conscious

If the person is unconscious but breathing

Follow the instructions in Unconscious but breathing until help arrives.

If the person isn't breathing

Start CPR for adults and children or babies.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed December 2022.


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