An estimated one-in-six Australians will have a stroke during their lifetime, so it’s extremely important that you know what a stroke is and how to identify one.
WHAT IS STROKE?
Blood contains oxygen and important nutrients for your brain cells, when brain cells do not get enough oxygen or nutrients, they cannot survive. A stroke can occur when blood stops moving through the artery because it is blocked by a blood clot or plaque (ischaemic stroke) or because the artery breaks or bursts (haemorrhagic stroke).
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF STROKE?
The F.A.S.T. test is recommended by the Stroke Foundation as an easy way to remember the most
common signs of stroke:
Face; Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?
Arms; Can they lift both arms?
Speech; Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
Time; Time is critical. If you see any of these signs call 000 straight away.
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS FOR STROKE?
Most strokes are preventable because they are associated with lifestyle-related risk factors. There are some risk factors for stroke that you cannot do anything about, such as: family history, age, gender (sex) and ethnic background. However, if you have any of these risk factors, improving your lifestyle is even more important to reduce your risk of having a stroke.
Health Check Procedure
A Blooms The Chemist Stroke Risk Assessment takes less than 10 minutes and is an initial step toward stroke risk prevention.
Your Pharmacist will take your blood pressure and ask a series of simple lifestyle, familial history, and age-related questions, to assess your overall risk of stroke.
Should your Pharmacist consider you to be at-risk of stroke, you will be advised to seek prompt medical advice. Written results will be provided to allow you to share this with your doctor.