Grey matter matters
DID you know that the human brain comprises two percent of your body weight yet consumes 20 per cent of your oxygen intake?
Brain Awareness Week was officially celebrated last week, from March 16-22 – celebrating Neuro scientific research through unique community programs catered to people of all ages and backgrounds.
The program’s mission is simply to educate the public about the brain and brain research and is an opportune time to raise brain awareness, particularly in relation to strokes.
Doing their part, Airlie Beach Day and Night Chemist would like all Whitsunday residents to be more informed about the brain and know how to prevent a stroke.
A stroke happens when blood supply to the brain is interrupted.
Blood contains oxygen and important nutrients for your brain cells and it may be interrupted or stop moving through an artery, because the artery is blocked (ischaemic stroke) or bursts (haemorrhagic stroke).
A stroke is always a medical emergency and the longer a stroke remains untreated, the greater the chance of stroke related brain damage.
The risk of stroke and second stroke is influenced by a number of factors.
Stroke risk factors that you cannot control include age (as you get older, your risk of stroke increases), gender (strokes are more common in men), family history, medical stroke risk factors, transient ischaemic attack (TIA), irregular pulse (atrial fibrillation), diabetes and fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD).
Lifestyle stroke risk factors that you can control are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity or being over weight, high alcohol intake and poor diet and lack of exercise.
You can get more information on lifestyle stroke risk factors that you can control from Airlie Beach Day and Night Chemist.
ATTENTIVE Airlie Beach Day and Life chemist pharmacist Alexandra Karlovic (left) and intern Georgia Lawless (right) perform a blood test on customer Margaret Maconachie.