Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

A new study from Oxford University reveals that many patients are not aware that they are having a stroke when they are experiencing symptoms.

© Oxford University

The study, published in The British Journal of Surgery, included 150 patients with a confirmed transient ischaemic attack or minor stroke who presented to a clinic in England during a five-month interval in 2014. Overall 92 (61.3 per cent) of the patients had a delay in presenting to medical services. 88 patients (58.7 per cent) did not think they were having a stroke and 54 (36.0 per cent) were unaware of a public campaign that was launched in the UK in 2009 to raise awareness of stroke symptoms and highlight the importance of urgent medical care. The campaign’s acronym FAST (Face, Arm, Speech, Time) includes the common presenting features of weakness and dysphasia.

However, a team of researchers at Oxford's Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) and the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences noted nearly one-third of patients presented with eye symptoms and suggested inclusion of eye symptoms and reaffirmation of the need to react might avoid unnecessary delays in care.

'FASTER — face, arm, speech, time, eyes, react — may be a better acronym for the public campaign,' said Professor Ashok Handa, Director of Surgical Education at NDS and senior author of the study.

 

The paper, Delays in the presentation to stroke services of patients with transient ischaemic attack and minor stroke, is published in The British Journal of Surgery (doi:10.1002/bjs.10199).

Similar stories

New Cochrane evidence explores treatment options for chronic ear disease

Publication Research

A new Evidently Cochrane blog post for World Hearing Day summarises seven recent reviews on medical treatments for infection and inflammation of the middle ear.

New reporting guidelines to bridge the gap from development to implementation in clinical artificial intelligence

Innovation Research

In a correspondence to Nature Medicine, a team of Oxford-led academics describe upcoming new guidelines to improve the reporting of early clinical stage (or first-with-human) evaluation of decision support systems driven by artificial intelligence.

Cochrane ENT awarded NIHR funding for COVID-19 project

Awards and appointments Coronavirus COVID-19 Research

Cochrane ENT at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences has been awarded funding by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to complete a suite of living systematic reviews investigating the effectiveness and safety of interventions to prevent and treat loss of smell after COVID-19 infection.

First peer-reviewed results of phase 3 human trials of Oxford coronavirus vaccine demonstrate efficacy

Coronavirus COVID-19 Publication Research

Today University of Oxford and AstraZeneca researchers present a pooled analysis of Phase 3 trials of a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 across two different dose regimens, resulting in an average efficacy of 70.4%.

Applications for Oxford-Wolfson-Marriott-Patel Scholarship now open

Awards and appointments Department Research

The Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) are pleased to confirm that one scholarship will be available for Home (UK) and Republic of Ireland (ROI) candidates for the DPhil in Surgical Sciences, starting in Michaelmas Term 2021.

Oxford University breakthrough on global COVID-19 vaccine

Coronavirus COVID-19 Research

The University of Oxford, in collaboration with AstraZeneca plc, today announces interim trial data from its Phase III trials that show its candidate vaccine, ChAdOx1 nCoV-2019, is effective at preventing COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) and offers a high level of protection.