A stroke is a life threatening emergency and happens when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted. Our GP’s help patients in the prevention of further strokes, and coordinate the care of long-term disabilities and assessment of new symptoms, referring to specialists where required.
In Australia, there are approximately 1000 strokes each week, our country’s second most common fatal condition after heart disease.
When someone has a stroke, oxygen and nutrients do not get to the brain. Some strokes are fatal and others cause disability that can be permanent or temporary. The level and type of disability depends on how long it takes for the stroke to be treated and which part of the brain was affected.
Diagnosis of Stroke
The National Stroke Foundation recommends this test as a way to work out if someone is having a stroke. Think FAST:
F Facial weakness. Check their face – has their mouth drooped?
A Arm weakness. Can they lift both arms?
S Speech difficulty. Is their speech slurred? Can they understand you?
T Time is critical. Call 000 immediately if you see any of these signs.
The quicker the a stroke is treated, the higher the chance of survival and successful rehabilitation.