August 23, 2016
A study recently published in The British Journal of Surgery found many patients are not aware they are having a stroke when they experience stroke symptoms.
The study included 150 patients with a confirmed transient ischemic attack who presented to a clinic in England during a 5-month interval in 2014. A total of 92 patients had delayed presentation to medical services; 88 patients did not think they were having a stroke; and 54 patients were unaware of a public campaign launched in the United Kingdom in 2009 to raise awareness of stroke symptoms and to highlight the importance of urgent medical care, according to a press release. The campaign’s acronym “FAST” — for face, arm, speech and time — includes the common presenting features of weakness and dysphasia related to stroke, according to the study.