In the event of a Stroke – Act F.A.S.T.

In the event of a Stroke – Act F.A.S.T.

Do you know the signs of a stroke and what to do?

Stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted.

Someone has a stroke every nine minutes in Australia.  It’s one of our biggest killers and causes of disability.  But the sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the better the outcome.

When it comes to a stroke, think F.A.S.T.

Face – check the persons face.  Has their mouth drooped?

Arms – can they lift both arms?

Speech – is their speech slurred?  Do they understand you?

Time is critical – if you see any of these signs or suspect that you or someone else may be having a stroke, call 000 immediately and ask for an ambulance.

You can reduce your chance of having a stroke by managing the risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.