5 September 2019
National Stroke Week – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall
National Stroke Week is recognised in Australia this week. The Stroke Foundation estimate that “there are more than 450,000 people living in our community following a stroke” and that each year in Australia “there are more than 50,000 strokes – one every 10 minutes.”
The theme for this year’s National Stroke Week is F.A.S.T Heroes, raising National awareness to recognise the symptoms of a person having a stroke to save their life and ensure the person receives urgent medical assistance to support their recovery!
The Stroke Foundation recommends the F.A.S.T. test as an easy way to remember the most common signs of stroke.
Using the F.A.S.T. test involves asking these simple questions:
- 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.
Like any health condition there are a number of factors that you cannot do anything about that increases your risk of having a stroke. The good news is that more than 80% of strokes can be prevented by ensuring you have regular check-ups with your Doctor, effectively managing your health conditions, including blood pressure, cholesterol levels and diabetes and living a healthy lifestyle.
Interchange Australia provides a range of supports to stroke survivors, their family members and carers to manage their symptoms and improve their health and wellbeing.
For further information in relation to strokes please visit the Stroke Foundation website.