What is a Stroke?
Stroke attacks the brain – the human control centre – changing lives in an instant.
Your brain is fed by blood carrying oxygen and nutrients through blood vessels called arteries. A stroke happens when blood cannot get to your brain, because of a blocked or burst artery. As a result, your brain cells die due to a lack of oxygen and nutrients.
There are two types of Stroke
Both types of stroke stop blood getting to areas of the brain
- Ischaemic Stroke. An artery in the brain gets blocked by a clot
- Haemorrhagic Stroke. A blood vessel in the brain breaks, causing bleeding.
How does Stroke affect people?
Stroke attacks the brain, the human control centre.
The brain is divided into areas which control different things. The impact of the stroke depends on the area of the brain it damages.
Damage to an area of your brain can impact how you think, behave, use words, swallow, see, feel, touch, and move your body.
Stroke affects everyone differently. Stroke can happen to anyone of any age.
Men are at greater risk of stroke and as we get older our risk increases.
Stroke Risk Factors
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Obesity or being overweight
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
- Transient ishaemic attack (TIA)
- Irregular pulse (atrial fibrillation)
- Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD)
Stroke risk factors that you cannot control
- Family history
What to do
Across Australia, F.A.S.T. Heroes can save lives, simply by knowing and recognising the F.A.S.T. (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) signs of stroke and calling an ambulance immediately.
They know that stroke is always a medical emergency and time is critical.
Taking a more proactive approach to your health can help prevent strokes. If you have any concern, get your health check with one of our General Practitioners.
National Stroke Week
National Stroke Week is held on 31st August – 6th September this year, and we’re celebrating everyday Australians who know and can recognise the signs of stroke. They are F.A.S.T. Heroes!
For more information about Stroke, visit https://strokefoundation.org.au/