You could save someone’s life
How do you know if someone is having a stroke?
The F.A.S.T. test is an easy way to remember the most common signs of stroke.
Using the F.A.S.T. test involves asking these simple questions:
|Face||Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?|
|Arm||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.|
Stroke Risk Factors
Anyone can have a stroke no matter your age, race or gender. Don’t think “oh they are too young”, it affects all ages. But, the chances of having a stroke increases if a person has certain risk factors, or criteria that can cause a stroke. The good news is that up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented, and the best way to protect yourself and loved ones from stroke is to understand personal risk and how to manage it.
There are 2 types of risk factors for stroke: controllable and uncontrollable. Controllable risk factors generally fall into two categories: lifestyle risk factors or medical risk factors. Lifestyle risk factors can often be changed, while medical risk factors can usually be treated. Both types can be managed best by working with a doctor, who can prescribe medications and advise on how to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Uncontrollable risk factors include being over age 55, being male, being African American, Hispanic or Asian/Pacific Islander, or having a family history of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).
A stroke is not a heart attack. A stroke happens when the supply of blood to the brain is suddenly interrupted. Some strokes are fatal while others cause permanent or temporary disability.
The longer a stroke remains untreated, the greater the chance of stroke related brain damage. Emergency medical treatment soon after symptoms begin improves the chance of survival and successful rehabilitation.
The signs of stroke may occur alone or in combination and they can last a few seconds or up to 24 hours and then disappear.
If you or someone else experiences the signs of stroke, no matter how long they last, call 000 immediately.
The faster your act, the more of the person you save.
A stroke is always a medical emergency. Recognise the signs of stroke call 000.
Think F.A.S.T. for smartphone
Think F.A.S.T. for smartphone features concise stroke prevention information and an up-to-date listing of stroke unit locations throughout Australia. The app:
- Helps you understand what a stroke is
- Teaches you how to recognise the signs of stroke
- Describes stroke emergency care
- Allows you to locate Australian hospitals with specialised stroke units
- Tests your knowledge with a FAST quiz