Last year more than 56,000 Australians had a stroke – that’s one person every nine minutes.
Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers, killing more women than breast cancer, more men than prostate cancer and leaving thousands with an ongoing disability.
And yet more than 80% of strokes can be prevented.
That’s why it is so important to raise awareness of stroke, the signs of stroke and stroke prevention.
“Paramedics, nurses and doctors can only help if people recognise the signs of stroke. Some of the signs include - facial weakness, arm weakness and difficulty with speech,” Mr Clare said.
National Stroke Week is from the 3rd to 9th of September. Each year as part of National Stroke week the Stroke Foundation, community groups, hospitals, workplaces and individuals take part. Activities include health checks, information stalls, morning teas, talks from stroke survivors, personal or team challenges and fundraising.
Stroke survivor and local resident Luke Webb was only 20 when he it happened to him.
“I first met Luke when he cycled 108 kilometres from the Big Merino in Goulburn to the steps of Parliament House in Canberra to give me a petition, signed by 11,000 people, as part of the National Stroke Foundation's Fight Stroke campaign in 2014,” Mr Clare said.
Luke now helps to spread awareness about recognising the symptoms of stroke and is encouraging people to get involved in National Stroke Week activities.
“You can never be too young or too old, it does not discriminate, it’s definitely not an old person’s disease,” Mr Webb said.
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