A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted. When this happens that part of the brain stops receiving oxygen, which can lead to brain damage and possibly death.

The Stroke Foundation recommends the F.A.S.T test to help you remember the common symptoms of a stroke.

This includes:

  • Face – check their face, has it drooped?
  • Arms – can they lift both their arms?
  • Speech – is their speech slurred, do they understand you?
  • Time – is critical, ensure to call triple zero (000) immediately.

The sooner emergency medical treatment is provided, the better the chances of survival and successful rehabilitation.

More than 80% of strokes can be prevented. Talk to your doctor about potential risk factors including smoking, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and atrial fibrillation or irregular heart rate.

A healthy lifestyle can also assist in preventing stroke. Make sure to stay active, eat well, quit smoking and minimise alcohol consumption.

Resources regarding stroke:

Stroke symptoms
Preventing stroke
Help after stroke