What is a stroke? Your brain is fed by blood carrying oxygen and nutrients through blood vessels called arteries. A stroke happens when blood cannot get to your brain, because of a blocked or burst artery. As a result, your brain cells die due to a lack of oxygen and nutrients. From the Stroke Foundation Australia.
Stroke attacks the brain – the human control centre – changing lives in an instant. It kills up to 1.9 million brain cells per minute when it strikes.
Stroke can happen to anyone of any age and can even affect children. Although men are at greater risk as they age, stroke is preventable for many. Some of the causes include high blood pressure, being overweight or obese, having diabetes, smoking, having high cholesterol and a high consumption of alcohol.
The Stroke Foundation wants everybody to know about the F.A.S.T. method of diagnosing a stroke.
F.A.S.T. stands for:
FACE – has their face/mouth drooped?
ARMS – can they lift both arms?
SPEECH – is it slurred & can they understand you?
TIME – Call 000, time is critical. The faster the person gets to hospital the better the chance of survival & the better the outcome.
The Stroke Foundation has useful information and videos in several languages on its website, as well as stories about the people and families whose lives have been forever changed by stroke. https://strokefoundation.org.au/
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