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What is a stroke?

What is a stroke?

Stroke attacks the brain – the human control centre.

A stroke happens when the blood supply carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is interrupted. When brain cells do not get enough blood, they die at a rapid rate (up to 1.9 million brain cells every minute).

Stroke can affect people physically and emotionally, as well as the way they think – from muscle weakness and speech difficulties, to memory, hearing or vision issues.

Every stroke is different. It all depends on where in the brain the stroke occurs and how severe it is.

What are the symptoms of stroke?

Think F.A.S.T. It’s an easy way to remember the most common signs of stroke:

  1. Face: Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?
  2. Arms: Can they lift both arms?
  3. Speech: Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
  4. Time: Is critical. If you see any of these signs call 000 straight away.

How can you manage your risk?

There are some risk factors you cannot do anything about, like:

  1. Age – the older you get, the greater your risk of stroke.
  2. Gender – stroke is more common in men.
  3. A family history of stroke – having a parent or sibling who has had a previous stroke.
  4. If you’ve had a previous stroke

The good news is more than 80% of strokes can be prevented. Here are some things you can do to help reduce your stroke risk:

  1. Make time for a health check
  2. Eat well
  3. Stay active
  4. Drink alcohol only in moderation

Raising awareness of stroke

Even remembering the F.A.S.T. acronym, and recognising the signs of stroke, is a good start. Calling an ambulance straight away could potentially save a life.

We can help

Our team of health professionals can work with you to help manage your stroke risk.

Make the first step by booking a health check online today.

Source: Stroke Foundation

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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