While visiting the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane recently, I picked up this news letter from the STROKE FOUNDATION.
- Stroke is Australia’s second biggest killer after heart attacks and a leading cause of disability.
- 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime.
- In 2012, about 50,000 Australians suffered new and recurrent strokes (that’s 1 stroke every 10 minutes)
- Stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.
- 65 percent of those living with stroke also suffer a disability that impedes their ability to carry out daily living activities unassisted.
- In 2012, the total financial costs of stroke in Australia were estimated to be $5 billion.
- The F.A.S.T. test is an easy way to recognise and remember the signs of stroke. Using the FAST test involves asking these simple questions:
- Fast – 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 straight away.
At Alibi Training we run regular First Aid Courses that include understanding STROKE.