Facts and figures about stroke
- Stroke is Australia’s second biggest killer after coronary heart disease and a leading cause of disability.
- 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime. These people are someone’s sister, brother, wife, husband, daughter, son, partner, mother, father… friend. Behind the numbers are real lives.
- In 2014 about 51,000 Australians will suffer a new or recurrent stroke – that is 1000 strokes every week or one stroke every 10 minutes.
- In 2012 there were nearly130,000 or 30% of stroke survivors under the age of 65 in the community. [In 2012 there were over 420,000 people living with the effects of stroke and 30% of these people were of working age.]
- In 2014 there were over 437,000 people living with the effects of stroke. This is predicted to increase to 709,000 in 2032.
- Stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.
- 65% 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 estimate of $49.3 billion in burden of disease costs for stroke is comparable to the $41 billion burden of disease costs that Deloitte Access Economics estimated for anxiety and depression in 2010.
- The FAST test is an easy way to recognise and remember the signs of stroke. Using the FAST test involves asking these simple questions:
|Face||Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?|
|Arm||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|