Croí urges people to act FAST and know the signs of a stroke

To mark World Stroke Day on Saturday, October 29th, Croí, the heart and stroke charity, is reminding the public of the importance of stroke awareness and prevention

A stroke is a medical emergency and can happen to anyone, at any time. ‘Time is brain’ and we need to act ‘FAST’ if we suspect a stroke.

As part of our World Stroke Day awareness campaign, Croí, the heart and stroke charity, supported by Surmodics, is delighted to host a special virtual talk and Q&A on the ‘Psychological Impact of Stroke’.

Join Dr Tom Burke, Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist, University Hospital Galway (UHG), and Assistant Professor, School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), who will talk about the psychological impact of stroke. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions.

Thursday. October 27th, from 11 am – 12 noon

To register go to www.croi.ie/stroke or call Croí at 091-544310

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Ireland with 2,500 stroke-related deaths each year and it is one of the leading causes of disability and death worldwide. Annually, approximately 10,000 people in Ireland have a stroke. Stroke is the leading cause of acquired disability and it is estimated that over 80,000 people in Ireland are living in the community with disabilities, as a result of a stroke. A person’s chance of surviving and recovering is greatly improved if immediate action is taken.

Know the signs and act FAST

Acting FAST increases the chances of survival as urgent treatment can begin.

If you think someone may be having a stroke, look out for the following:

Face – Has the mouth or eye drooped? Can the person smile?

Arms – Can the person raise both of their arms? Is there a weakness in one arm?

Speech – Is the speech slurred? Are they understanding what you are saying?

Time – Call 999 or 112 if you see any of these signs

Other signs to look out for include:

  • Numbness or weakness in the face, arm, leg or one side of the body
  • Difficulty finding words
  • Blurred vision including loss of sight in one or both eyes
  • Sudden confusion or memory loss
  • Dizziness, a severe headache, reduced balance, or a sudden fall

If you have any questions about stroke or heart health issues please contact the Croí Health Team at 091-544310.

Visit www.croi.ie to access a wide range of helpful resources and to register for weekly sessions with the Croí Health Team.