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….. of experiencing any of the three conditions mentioned.
Stroke Foundation NZ is a charity educating and supporting people in New Zealand. They are the experts in stroke its management and offer further support and advice including ways to avoid the condition in the first place. I thought I would share a few extracts from their website. For more information click on their logo below.
“Blood pressure tends to rise as we get older and can run in families. Common causes include:
- being overweight
- drinking too much alcohol
- not exercising
- eating a bad diet
- eating too much salt
STROKE IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY ACT F.A.S.T. Learn the main signs of stroke and to act F.A.S.T. by calling 111 if you suspect a stroke. Prompt action can save lives – as well as improve recovery.
FACE Is their face drooping on one side? Can the person smile?
ARM Is one arm weak? Can the person raise both arms?
SPEECH Is their speech jumbled or slurred? Can the person speak at all?
TAKE ACTION Call 111 straight away, DO NOT DELAY.
Stroke Association NZ recommends, “If any of the signs of stroke are recognised, don’t wait, call 111 straight away. Don’t call your doctor, or drive yourself – get help immediately. Ambulance staff want to hear from you if you recognise the F.A.S.T. signs – call 111 and tell them it’s a stroke.”.
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