Think F.A.S.T. and act F.A.S.T for Stroke Week

Think F.A.S.T. and act F.A.S.T for Stroke Week
It’s National Stroke Week and Lismore Base Hospital’s Acute Stroke Team is calling on Richmond Valley residents to learn the principles of the FAST Response to avoid becoming one of the region’s high number of stroke victims.

A recent report by the Stroke Foundation[i] revealed the electorate of Page has the third highest incidence of stroke in Australia in 2017.

“Stroke kills more women than breast cancer, more men than prostate cancer and leaves thousands with an ongoing disability, yet, it doesn’t have to be this way,” Kim Hoffman, LBH Stroke Care Coordinator, said.

As part of National Stroke Week, which runs from 4th – 10th September, Lismore Base Hospital (LBH) is hosting a stroke awareness and prevention stand in the foyer from Tuesday 5th September to Friday 8th September.

Staff at the hospital will be offering free Blood Pressure health checks between 11am and 12.30pm on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th September. Stroke information handouts will be available at the display.

“Stroke can be treated, but people need to get to hospital quickly. FAST stands for Face, Arms, Speech and Time. It is easy to remember and could save your own life or that of a loved one,” Ms Hoffman said.

“If you are confronted with a medical emergency you suspect may be a stroke, ask yourself these three questions:

1)    Has the person’s mouth drooped?

2)    Can they lift both arms?

3)    Is their speech slurred?

If the answer to any of these is ‘yes’, call an ambulance straight away.”

Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Sharon McGowan, said 80 percent of strokes displayed at least one of the FAST symptoms.

“Stroke is always a medical emergency and time is critical. Almost 1.9 million brain cells die each minute, so it is important to recognise the signs of a stroke and seek medical help as soon as possible,’’ Ms McGowan said.

“With the right treatment at the right time, many people are able to make a full recovery.


[i] Stroke Foundation. No Postcode Untouched: Stroke in Australia 2017, June 2017

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