Wanneroo Times - - Opinion - Sally Allen North­ern Sub­urbs Stroke Sup­port Group co-or­di­na­tor

ON be­half of the North­ern Sub­urbs Stroke Sup­port Group, may I ex­press our sin­cere thanks to Joon­dalup MLA Emily Hamilton for host­ing a stroke aware­ness morn­ing tea on Mon­day, Septem­ber 4, the start of Na­tional Stroke Week.

We are ex­tremely grate­ful for her in­ter­est in the group's ac­tiv­i­ties.

Lit­tle is heard about stroke and yet each year more women will die from stroke than women with breast can­cer and more men will die from stroke than men with prostate can­cer.

It is es­ti­mated that about 55,000 Aus­tralians will be af­fected by stroke this year and one-third of them will die.

Ur­gent treat­ment is es­sen­tial im­me­di­ately any signs or symp­toms are ob­served.

FAST is the eas­i­est way to check. F - face, has it drooped? A - arms, can they lift both arms? S - Speech, is it slurred, can they un­der­stand you? And T - time is crit­i­cal, call 000.

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