5 September 2018
National Stroke Week – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Anne-Marie Kennedy
National Stroke Week from 4 to 10 September 2018 raises awareness of stroke which is Australia’s second single greatest killer, with over 60,000 strokes occurring every year.
What is a stroke?
A stroke happens when blood supply to the brain is interrupted. Blood is carried to the brain by blood vessels called arteries. Blood contains oxygen and important nutrients for your brain cells. Blood may be interrupted or stop moving through an artery, because the artery is blocked (ischaemic stroke) or bursts (haemorrhagic stroke). When brain cells do not get enough oxygen or nutrients, they die. The area of brain damage is called a cerebral infarct.
What are the symptoms?
F = Has their FACE drooped?
A = Can they lift both their ARMS?
S = Is their SPEECH slurred and do they understand you?
T = Call 000 as TIME is critical
What is the national impact?
- Every 10 Minutes an Australian will have a stroke
- 434, 000 Australians have an irregular heart beat
- Strokes cost the Australian government $5 billion per year
- 6.1 million Australians have high cholesterol
What are the risk factors?
Lifestyle factors include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Obesity or being overweight
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
Medical factors include:
- Transient ishaemic attack (TIA)
- Irregular pulse (atrial fibrillation)
- Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD)
Stroke risk factors unable to be controlled:
- Family history
Interchange Australia has assisted many people who have had a stroke by providing support with activities of daily living such as help with showering, cleaning, transport, socialisation, meal preparation, medication monitoring and respite for carers. This assistance can also help people caring for relatives and friends to better manage their caring role.
Interchange Australia is a registered provider of NDIS supports and an approved provider of Home Care Packages and the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.
For more information on how we can support you please call one of our friendly and knowledgeable Consultants on 1300 112 334.