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96 deaths from strokes in Aylesbury Vale in 2015

Public Health England have launched their annual national campaign to reduce that figure.

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 11:46am 3rd February 2017. 2-minute read.

96 deaths from strokes in Aylesbury Vale in 2015

96 people died of a stroke in the Aylesbury Vale in 2015.

To help reduce that figure here and around the country, Public Health England have just launched their annual Act F.A.S.T campaign, which raises awareness of the symptoms of a stroke and what you should do if you suspect one.

Act F.A.S.T

Face - has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?

Arms - can they raise both their arms and keep them there?

Speech - is their speech slurred?

Time - to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs

Dr Lasana Harris, Experimental and Social Psychologist at University College London said even though most people can identify the symptoms of stroke, 1 in 4 people still delay in calling 999. He continued:

"When someone recognises someone may be having a stroke, that person may start to panic, which can inhibit behaviour.

"What we're trying to say is that the action we want you to take is simply to dial 999.

"The other problem is that people might anticipate being embarrassed if they call 999, and the person isn't suffering from a medical emergency.

"If you recognise any of these symptoms, even if the person isn't having a stroke, it's still a medical emergency, so it's important you take action and dial 999, without worrying about what people might think of you."

You can find more information about the Act F.A.S.T campaign here.

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