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

WHAT IS STROKE?
Blood vessels that carry blood to the brain from the heart are called arteries. Blood contains oxygen and important nutrients for your brain cells. When brain cells do not get enough oxygen or nutrients, they cannot survive. Blood may stop 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.

TIPS & ADVICE:

Get Active: Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking, on most days of the week.

Eat Well:
Eat foods high in fibre and avoid adding salt to foods. Eat a variety of foods, including vegetables, wholegrains lean meats, oily fish, fruit, nuts, seeds and legumes.

Drink in Moderation:
Drinking too much alcohol can increase your blood pressure. Limit your alcohol intake to two or fewer standard drinks per day.

Quit Smoking: Smoking can make your blood more likely to clot. Quitting smoking will reduce your risk of a stroke, regardless of your age or how long you have smoked.

Take Your Medications:
having any of the following medical conditions can increase your risk of stroke: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and irregular heartbeat/atrial fibrillation. It is important to continue to take your medicines as prescribed and have regular check-ups with your doctor. Speak to your Blooms The Chemist pharmacist about managing your medications.

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.