Prevent stroke – the second single biggest killer and the leading cause of disability amongst adults in Australia
1 in 6 people will have a stroke – behind these numbers are real lives. Strokes can happen to anyone so it is important to know your stroke risk.
Stroke is not a heart attack. A stroke happens when the supply of blood to the brain is suddenly disrupted. Blood is carried to the brain by blood vessels called arteries.
Blood may stop moving through the artery because the artery is blocked by a clot or plaque, or because the artery breaks or burst. When blood stops flowing, the brain does not get the oxygen it needs, and so brain cells in the area die, and permanent damage can be done.
Some strokes are fatal while others cause permanent or temporary disability. It is important to understand that stroke can be prevented.
- What are stroke risk factors?
- What is the leading preventable risk factor for stroke?
- How do I prevent secondary stroke?
- Take the: Risk factor tick test
- What are the medical interventions to reduce the risk of stroke?
Brochures from ‘My Stroke Journey’