What is a stroke?

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A stroke attacks the brain and can change life 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:

Ischaemic Stroke – An artery in the brain gets blocked by a clot

Haemorrhagic Stroke – A blood vessel in the brain breaks, causing bleeding

The brain is divided, different areas control different bodily functions. The impact of a stroke will depend on which area of the brain has been damaged. The damage caused can impact how you think, behave, swallow, see, touch, move and feel. Stroke will affect everyone differently.

Stroke can be prevented for many people. Some of the causes within our control include high blood pressure, high alcohol consumption, being overweight, smoking, and diabetes.

How do you know if someone is having a stroke? The Stroke Foundation says… “Think F.A.S.T”

Face Check their 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 call 000 straight away.

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* This is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. Please see your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. Call Mermaid Central Medical Clinic on (07) 5575 2444 or visit the websitewww.mermaidcentralmedicalclinic.com.au to make an appointment.


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