FAST action urged in stroke incidents
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.
WACHS Great Southern regional stroke co-ordinator Amy Dunjey.