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[Editorial] Stroke—acting FAST at all ages

On Feb 1, Public Health England released new estimates for the incidence of first stroke in England and relaunched its Act FAST campaign. FAST is aimed at the public, encouraging them to call 999—the UK’s emergency number—if there are tell-tale signs of stroke in themselves or anyone they see. FAST stands for face, arms, speech, and time (to call). The new estimates showed that about 57 000 new strokes and 32 000 stroke-related deaths occur every year in England. Of those who have experienced a stroke, about a quarter leave hospital with moderate or severe disability.

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