FAST ac­tion urged in stroke in­ci­dents

Albany Extra - - News - Talitha Wolfe

One Aus­tralian will have a stroke ev­ery 10 min­utes but with the right treat­ment a full re­cov­ery may be made, says WA Coun­try Health Ser­vice Great South­ern re­gional co-or­di­na­tor Amy Dun­jey.

As part of Na­tional Stroke Week, AHC is urg­ing all Aus­tralians to know the signs of a stroke and what to do in the time­crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion.

“Stroke kills more women than breast can­cer, more men than prostate can­cer and leaves thou­sands with an on­go­ing dis­abil­ity, yet it doesn’t have to be this way,” Ms Dun­jey said.

“Stroke can be treated. But peo­ple need to get to hospi­tal quickly.”

Ms Dun­jey said the acro­nym FAST was the sim­plest way to recog­nise a stroke.

“Face, Arms, Speech and Time,” she said. “Has the per­son’s mouth drooped? Can they lift both arms? Is their speech slurred? If the an­swer to any of these is ‘yes’, call an am­bu­lance on 000 straight away.

“It is easy to re­mem­ber and could save your own life or that of a loved one.”

With 80 per cent of strokes dis­play­ing at least one of the FAST symp­toms, Stroke Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Sharon McGowan said the med­i­cal emer­gency was time­crit­i­cal.

“Al­most 1.9 mil­lion brain cells die each minute, so it is im­por­tant to recog­nise the signs of a stroke and seek med­i­cal help as soon as pos­si­ble,” she said.

“With the right treat­ment at the right time, many peo­ple are able to make a full re­cov­ery.”

To en­cour­age stroke aware­ness, AHC will host an ed­u­ca­tion ses­sion on neu­ro­plas­tic­ity, re­duc­ing the risk of stroke and recog­nis­ing the signs next Mon­day from 10.30am.

Phone AHC on 9892 2324 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

WACHS Great South­ern re­gional stroke co-or­di­na­tor Amy Dun­jey.

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