Campaign to highlight symptoms of a stroke

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A SENIOR GP has backed a campaign to highlight the symptoms of a stroke.

Dr David Chilvers, chairman of the Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group, has urged people to support Action on Stroke Month, which has started nationally.

Dr Chilvers wants to raise awareness of transient ischaemic attacks, known as ‘mini-strokes’.

He said: ‘Most people affected are over 65, but anyone, any age, can have a stroke, even a child.

‘Many risks can be reduced by having a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, drinking alcohol in moderation and not smoking.’

The main symptoms of stroke can be remembered by the word FAST:

n Face – may have dropped on one side.

n Arms – may not be able to lift one or both arms and keep them there because of arm weakness or numbness.

n Speech – slurred or garbled.

n Time – it is time to dial.