Mallee in top 20 for stroke hotspots
The Stroke Foundation is urging residents in the Mallee to be aware of and learn the F.A.S.T. (Face. Arms. Speech. Time) signs of stroke.
It comes as figures from the organisation indicate the federal electorate of Mallee is ranked 20 out of Australia’s top 20 hotspots for stroke, with 3,500 residents living with the effects.
FACE - Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?
ARMS - Can they lift both arms?
SPEECH - Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
TIME IS CRITICAL - If you see any of these signs call triple zero (000) immediately.
Stroke Foundation Victorian State Manager Eamonn O’Toole said these numbers were incredibly concerning as the federal electorate division of Mallee was a stroke hot spot.
An estimated 208 new strokes were expected to be experienced by the people of Mallee this year alone.
“The first step in ensuring better outcomes from stroke is getting to hospital quickly, and that means recognising the F.A.S.T. signs and calling triple zero (000) immediately,’’ Mr O’Toole said.
“When a stroke strikes the brain, it kills up to 1.9 million brain cells per minute, but quick treatment can stop this damage. Time saved in calling an ambulance and accessing treatment for stroke is brain saved.”