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An estimated one-in-six Australians will have a stroke during their lifetime.

Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted either by a blockage in an artery or a bleed in the brain; interrupted blood flow stops nutrients and oxygen reaching affected parts of the brain, resulting in brain cell death in those areas.

Stroke symptoms may include sudden blurred or decreased vision in one or both eyes, numbness, weakness or paralysis in the face, arm or leg, difficulty speaking or understanding, dizziness, difficulty swallowing and severe headache.

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.

Be proactive; get to know your stroke risk factors at your Blooms The Chemist store.