Australians are being urged to familiarize themselves with the FAST acronym to help save lives after stroke. The Stroke Foundation is also launching a resource specifically designed to help First Nations people with their recovery after stroke.
Strokes occur when blood supply to brain is lost, either through a block or break in the artery.
They impact one in four people worldwide, and kill more women in Australia than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.
Jude Czerenkowski is the National Manager of Stroke Connect at the Stroke Foundation.
She says while strokes are often thought of as an issue affecting older people, they can strike at any time.
As you start to get older your risk of having a stroke does increase, but apart from that stroke can actually happen to anyone really at any age in their life. So there's a very small number of children each year that have a stroke, right through to people that are working age and people that are older.
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