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Think FAST! campaign & app

Your phone can help save a life: the new CHSS FAST app

The new CHSS FAST app

Download the new CHSS FAST app

The ability to save a life is in your hands

The new Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland FAST app is now available for download from This important app, available for Android and iOS devices, will teach you the signs to look out for so that you know when to
Think FAST & save a life

The app features:

  • a front page reminder of the signs of stroke
  • an explanation of what a stroke is
  • videos to familiarise yourself with stroke symptoms
  • links to the Chest Heart & Stroke website, the FAST website and other important health resources
  • quick dial buttons for Emergency 999 and CHSS Advice Line Nurses

Download the app and tell your friends and family to download it too; together you could save lives.

Remember, If you see someone display any one of the tell-tale signs of a stroke, Think FAST and dial 999.

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The FAST campaign aims to help people recognise the symptoms of a stroke – and to Think FAST & save a life.

Over 12,000 people in Scotland suffer a stroke every year, so it is essential that people recognise when a stroke is happening and take prompt action.

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What is a stroke?

A stroke is a brain attack that happens when blood supply to the brain is disrupted. Most strokes occur when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to the brain. Some strokes are caused by bleeding in or around the brain from a burst blood vessel.

A stroke can happen at any time to anyone from the youngest of babies to the very elderly. Usually there is little or no warning so it is really important that If you see someone with any one of the tell-tale signs of a stroke, you need to Think FAST and dial 999.

How does FAST help?

To help people recognise the symptoms of stroke quickly, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland is promoting FAST – the Face Arm Speech Test – used by paramedics to diagnose stroke prior to hospital admission. By diagnosing the possibility of stroke before reaching hospital, appropriate referral to a stroke unit can be accelerated.

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What is FAST and what symptoms should I look for?

FAST information cardFAST assesses three specific symptoms of stroke.

Facial weakness – can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?

Arm weakness – can the person raise both arms?

Speech problems – can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?

Time to call 999

Call 999 immediately if someone fails ANY of these tests. Stroke is a medical emergency and by calling 999 you can help someone reach hospital quickly and receive the early treatment they need. Prompt action can prevent further damage to the brain and help someone make a good recovery. Delay can result in death or major long term disabilities, such as paralysis, severe memory loss and communication problems.

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Professional FAST campaign resources

Health professionals can access Think FAST documents and other campaign resource material at

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FAST campaign resources

There is a poster and leaflet which aim to increase awareness of the Think FAST! campaign as well as a small card that can be stored in your wallet (see Related Documents below.)

You can save these PDFs to your computer. If printing, the wallet card should be set at 75% for correct size.

To order Think FAST! posters, leaflets and wallet cards phone 0131 225 6963


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