What is a Stroke?

A stroke is a burst blood vessel or a blood clot disrupting blood flow to the brain which may cause damage to the brain.

Stroke in Australia is the second leading cause of death after Coronary Heart Disease.  In 2010, Australians suffered around 60 000 new and recurrent strokes equivocating to one stroke every ten minutes.

Stroke can be influenced by a number of factors such as age, gender (stroke is more common in men) and family history.

Other risk factors include high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, poor diet & exercise, excessive alcohol and diabetes.

The casualty may experience severe headaches, sudden nausea, tingling & weakness to one side of the body, confusion and loss of bladder & bowel control.

The FAST test is an easy way to recognise a stroke:

Facial weakness - Can they smile?

Arm weakness - Can they raise both arms?

Speech - Can they speak clearly and understand you?

Time - to act fast, call an ambulance (Ring triple zero 000) if you see any of the above conditions.

Management of a Stroke:

-  Immediately call an ambulance.

-  Position the casualty, if conscious lay them down or half sitting to keep the head raised, if unconscious place in recovery position.

-  Loosen tight clothing and reassure the casualty to reduce any stress which may cause further complications.

-  Maintain body temperature.

-  Be prepared to administer CPR if the casualty has stopped breathing.


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