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Stroke is a very important medical problem to be aware of since 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime. Strokes can happen to anyone, irrespective of gender, background and sometimes age. Like heart attacks, many strokes are caused by damage and narrowing to blood vessels, so are preventable, mainly by lifestyle measures that apply to all Australians. The aim of this drive is to make everyone aware of their own risk of Stroke & to understand six simple steps to use in their own life to prevent themselves from suffering from a Stroke:

  1. Know your personal risk factors: high blood pressure, diabetes and high blood cholesterol
  2. Be physically active and exercise regularly
  3. Avoid obesity by keeping to a healthy diet
  4. Limit alcohol consumption
  5. Avoid cigarette smoke, seek help to stop now
  6. Learn to recognise the “FAST” warning signs of stroke and act on them fast!

F.A.S.T is an easy way to remember and recognise the signs of stroke in anyone:

  • Face – Has their mouth drooped?
  • Arms – Can they lift both arms?
  • Speech – Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
  • Time – Time is critical – get to a hospital.

If you see any of these signs, call 000 immediately

If you wish to look into your preventable risk factors or to talk more about Stroke then please see your GP.

 

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