Facebook stroke page targets young audience

A Facebook page on how to spot signs of stroke has been launched by three PCTs in an effort to reach a young audience with the 'Act FAST' campaign.

PCTs in Shropshire, Wrekin and Telford launched the campaign with pages on Facebook and YouTube.

The Facebook page also allows users to share life-saving stroke stories. It also includes background information about strokes as well as details of how people can spot signs of stroke.

A spokesman for the PCTs commented: 'By using social media we hope to get the message across in a different and current way. We are also keen to teach young people how to recognise the early signs of a stroke and to react accordingly.'

The page focuses on the message 'Heroes act FAST' and encourages youn people to 'become a local hero'.

'Know the signs of stroke,' the page says. 'Spread the word and save lives! Inform your friends, colleagues and family about stroke.'

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