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.