The Stroke Association has highlighted the FAST technique to people in order to help them detect the possibility of a stroke in older members of society.
Andrea Lane, speaking on behalf of the charity, said that strokes need to be "treated as a medical emergency" and the sooner someone receives their treatment, the better chance they have of making a full recovery.
FAST stands for three of the symptoms people need to be looking for - facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems - with the fourth being the course of action.
Ms Lane continued: "Time to call 999 - any one of these symptoms could indicate a stroke. If you see the signs of a stroke, act FAST and call 999 immediately."
According to research from the Stroke Association, 130,000 people have a stroke each year in the UK, equivalent to one every five minutes. It was noted that 25 per cent of these affected those under the age of 65.
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