When you are young, it is easy to ignore or simply not think about having a stroke, especially if no one in your family has suffered from one. But don’t be complacent; thousands of folk suffer from a stroke, including children, though it is more common to see a stroke in an older person.
One thing you need to know is what you can do to reduce the risk of having a stroke; having high blood pressure can certainly trigger one. Almost 4 million Australians have high blood pressure putting them at serious risk and they don’t even know it.
The Stroke Foundation wants to encourage you to have your blood pressure checked and on Wednesday 2 April, they have organised Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check, providing free checks to thousands of Australians, better informing them of their stroke risk and how to prevent stroke.
These free tests will take place at Chemmart Pharmacies. Stroke is Australia’s second biggest killer, yet not enough people are talking about it. Help us to change this by playing your part on April 2.
One of the things I constantly think about is what if I have another stroke? It is common to have more than one stroke. Join me in finding out more about how to avoid strokes and join in on April 2nd.
Hints and Tips
Don’t wait for you or a loved one to suffer from a stroke before finding out how to prevent one! So many folk do have a stroke that it is important to know what to do to prevent one as well as how to recognise that you have one and then what to do to best recover. Make sure that you know the F.A.S.T. method of recognising when someone has had a stroke. My husband realised that I had one because of F.A.S.T. and I consequently got quick treatment – even though I did not want an ambulance to be called!