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SPOTTING the signs of stroke early will save lives, said Hampshire’s public health leader today.

Liz Fairhurst, a county councillor for Leigh Park who also oversees health services in Hampshire, is supporting a national campaign called ‘Act FAST’.

FAST stands for face, arms, speech and time.

Signs include the face falling to one side, not being able to raise arms, and slurred speech.

Cllr Fairhurst said: ‘It is important that all of us are aware of the symptoms of stroke so we can act immediately if we suspect someone is having a stroke or a mini-stroke. I would urge everyone to remember the FAST message. The faster a stroke patient receives treatment, the better their chances are of surviving.’