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This week is National Stroke Week: 3-9 September #fightstroke

Date: 04/09/2018

The National Stroke Foundation is urging Australians to take the challenge and raise awareness during their campaign this week. Cabrini Stroke Service has an information desk in the North Block Foyer at Cabrini Malvern. This year’s theme is: “Every step counts towards a healthy life.”

The Stroke Foundation is encouraging all Australians to discover how easy it is to get fit and healthy and change their routine to reduce the risk of Stroke. More than 80% of strokes can be prevented by taking some simple steps to manage risk factors by living a healthy life.

There are some stroke risk factors that you cannot do anything about, such as older age, medical reasons, being male, family history or already having a prior stroke.

But for many Australians, they can reduce their risk and help prevent stroke by taking some simple steps: firstly talk to your doctor, and secondly taking ownership of your own health by:

  • Eat healthy
  • Stay active
  • Be smoke free
  • Moderate alcohol intake

Cabrini established a dedicated stroke service in 2014 which cares for patients who have either presented to the emergency department or have showed signs of stroke while an inpatient.

Rapid assessment and treatment starts with a number of health professionals working to assess and treat the effects of stroke, guiding the patient and their family through rehabilitation and equipping the patient with ways to prevent further stroke. The team includes a stroke coordinator, speech pathologist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, social worker and pastoral care practitioner. Care is continued at Cabrini Rehabilitation team before the patient is discharged home.

In Australia, there will be 56,000 strokes this year alone – that is one every nine minutes. The nation is on track for one stroke every four minutes by 2050 unless action is taken.

One Australian suffers a stroke every 9 minutes, which adds up to 56,000 strokes this year alone.

Unless we prevent future stroke, the nation is on track for one stroke every four minutes by 2050.

It is important to learn the signs of stroke. The FAST test is an easy way to recognise and remember signs of stroke. Use these simple questions:

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 immediately.

Further information, visit the National Stroke Foundation website at www.strokefoundation.org.au or call the Stroke Line on 1800 787 653