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:
- Face Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?
- Arms Can they lift both arms?
- Speech Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
- 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:
- Age – the older you get the greater your risk of stroke.
- Gender – stroke is more common in men.
- A family history of stroke – having a parent or sibling who has had a previous stroke.
- If you’ve had a previous stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA).
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:
Raising awareness of stroke
The first week of September is National Stroke Week. It’s an annual opportunity to raise awareness of stroke and the Stroke Foundation in Australia.
The theme for National Stroke Week is F.A.S.T heroes. These heroes are everyday Australians who know and can recognise the signs of stroke. They call an ambulance straight away, potentially saving a life.
Our team of doctors and allied health professionals at PVH Medical 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.