Stroke kills more Australian men than prostate cancer and more Australian women than breast cancer every year. It is the leading cause of death after coronary heart disease and  a major cause of disability.

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is blocked or reduced. Brain cells begin to die, which can lead to brain damage and death. A stroke is a medical emergency and the sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage to brain cells may occur.

The main symptoms of a stroke can be remembered with the word FAST.


  • Face - the face may have dropped on one side
  • Arms -  the person may not be able to lift one or both arms
  • Speech - their speech may be slurred or garbled
  • Time - if you suspect that you or a person is having a stroke, call triple zero immediately and ask for an ambulance.

National Stroke Week aims to highlight the significance of stroke and improve understanding of risk of stroke occurring and how to take steps to reduce that risk. The National Stroke foundation encourages us to :


  • Be more aware of how to recognise a stroke and what to do ( FAST )
  • Live healthy lives to reduce the risk of stroke ( be active, stop smoking, manage weight, )
  • Get regular health checks ( cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure)

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