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The Actions For Survival team is committed to doing just that and providing as much help as possible to ensure more lives are saved in   New Zealand in 2022.

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…..changes towards a healthier lifestyle reduces the risk 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
  • smoking
  • drinking too much alcohol
  • not exercising
  • eating a bad diet
  • eating too much salt
  • diabetes
  • 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?

TIME to TAKE ACTION call 111 straight away. DO NOT DELAY.

Stroke Association NZ recommend “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.”

Tomorrow we will start to look at Diabetes…..

For more information, help and advice, check out the support the Stroke Association NZ, click on the image below:

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Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation. 

Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.

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To learn more from the experts about previously covered conditions click their logo below.


Data and information are fact-checked against various recognised sources, including the New Zealand Resuscitation Council, Health Navigator New Zealand, St John, and other recognised entities specialising in the specific subject content. It should be noted that variances in protocols exist and where necessary are identified.

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