Far West residents urged think FAST this Stroke Week

The Far West Local Health District is joining the Stroke Foundation in urging residents to think FAST and learn the signs of stroke.

The Far West LHD is promoting National Stroke Week (12-18 September) in the Broken Hill Hospital foyer on Friday, 16 September in an effort to spread awareness of the FAST message and knowing the signs of stroke.

Health Service staff will from 9am to 1pm be raising awareness of stroke and promoting “Know your Stroke Risk”. A questionnaire will be available for the public to fill out about recognising stroke risks along with blood pressure measurements and health checks for weight, blood sugar and heart rate. There will be plenty of information about stroke including carer support.

Jayne Langran, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Chronic and Complex Care said Stroke Week was about educating the community that speed saves when it comes to stroke.

“This Stroke Week we are working alongside the Stroke Foundation to send a vital message to the community to act fast if you think you or a loved one is having a stroke,’’ said Ms Langran.

“Too many people in our community are unaware that a speedy reaction to stroke could mean the difference between life and death.

“By promoting this important health campaign, we are encouraging fellow community members to know the signs of stroke and how to minimise their own risk.”

This year’s theme for National Stroke Week – Speed Saves – asks Australians to understand the impact time has on a stroke.

A speedy reaction not only influences the treatment available to a person having a stroke but also their recovery. Most treatments for stroke are time sensitive so it is important we Think F.A.S.T. and Act FAST!

What is FAST?

The F.A.S.T. test is the easiest way to recognise the signs of stroke.

F – Face – Has their mouth drooped?

A – Arms – Can they lift both arms?

S – Speech – Is their speech slurred?

T – Time – Time is critical. Call 000 NOW.

The F.A.S.T. test is an easy way to remember the most common signs of stroke.

National Stroke Week is an annual event which aims to raise the awareness of stroke within the community and encourage Australians to take action to prevent and be aware stroke.


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