WHAT is it? WHY do you get it? HOW can I get rid of it?

What is it?

Stroke is a loss of brain function due to an interruption or blockage in the blood supply to your brain.

Blood is carried to the brain by blood vessels called arteries, and blood is full of oxygen and nutrients that your brain needs. The Stroke happens when blood is interrupted or stops moving through an artery, because the artery is blocked or burst. The brain begins to die because it's not getting the oxygen and nutrients; that is the beginning of Stroke.

Someone dies from Stroke every 10 minutes

Treatment and Prevention

After a stroke, many professionals are able to help with the recovery. People such as Doctors, Nurses, Dieticians,Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers and Speech Pathologist. They can talk you through it and help you prevent another one.

But you can fix it before you suffer. The first and most obvious way to prevent strokes is to manage your diet - cut down on salt intake and add healthy foods. Just 3 shakes less a day could keep stroke away. Other things that decrease the risk of stroke are drinking moderately; quitting smoking; exercising regularly and controlling your weight.

Although it’s not something we can affect, males and African Americans, Native Americans, and Alaskan Native have a higher chance of getting stroke than others.

In Australia, 1 out of 6 people will have a Stroke by the age of 40

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Sometimes you can tell if someone is suffering a Stroke. Signs to look out for are:
  • The persons face is drooping or uneven compared to normal

  • Strength is weak and they have trouble holding up their body

  • Speech is slurred

  • Paralysis in parts of their body, especially their face


If you think you might be suffering a Stroke, there are a number of symptoms that you are likely to feel:

  • Loss of balance

  • Dizziness

  • A feeling of paralysis

  • Impaired vision or having trouble seeing, even if temporary

  • Having difficulty understanding certain statements

  • Bad headaches

  • Loss or decrease of senses - smell, taste, hearing, sight
  • Loss of reflex

Stroke is Australia 3rd biggest killer and they lost $5 billion from the financial costs of it in 2012

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So how can we prevent getting Stroke? How do we beat it before it beats us? Well, we can:

  • Cut down on salt
  • Stop smoking
  • Stop drinking as much alcohol
  • Add more healthy food to our diet
  • Get more exercise

So basically, we need to keep a healthy lifestyle and then the risk if Stroke becomes almost nothing.


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