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BCEHS tells BC residents to think FAST - about stroke

Transporting a patient to hospital isn’t the only way for an ambulance to help save a life.
Paramedic stands next to ambulance with ACT FAST stroke awareness decal
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Thanks to a partnership between BCEHS and the Heart and Stroke Foundation, over 600 BC ambulances are now sporting informational decals designed to help raise awareness of the signs of stroke. 

Stroke, a disruption of blood supply to the brain due to clot or bleeding, is the number-one cause of acquired long-term disability and third-leading cause of death in BC.

The red-and-white decals describe the signs of stroke and what to do:

Face - Is it drooping? 
Arms - Can you raise them? 
Speech - Is it slurred or jumbled? 
Time - Contact 9-1-1 right away.

June is national Stroke Awareness Month, giving local paramedics the perfect opportunity to share the FAST test, which, for a person having a stroke, could make all the difference.

“During a stroke, seconds matter. The quicker you can recognize the signs of a suspected stroke and call 9-1-1, the quicker we can get the patient the definitive care they need,” said Andrew Britton, BCEHS paramedic unit chief.  “Strokes can have a devastating impact on patients and families. It’s important to raise awareness of the signs of stroke so that we can hopefully lessen the impact of this disease throughout our communities.”  

For more information on FAST and the signs of stroke, visit www.heartandstroke.ca/stroke/signs-of-stroke.
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