Euroa urged to act F.A.S.T this Stroke Week
31 August 2017
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan is urging Euroa electorate residents to think F.A.S.T. and act FAST this National Stroke Week.
Ms Ryan said when it comes to stroke, time is critical and knowing the signs of stroke could save a life.
“Stroke is always a medical emergency and the earlier treatment is delivered, the better the outcome for the patient.
“This year the Stroke Foundation is aiming to ensure every Australian household has someone who knows the signs of stroke and to call 000.
“F.A.S.T. is the internationally recognised test to identify the signs of stroke and 80 per cent of strokes will show at least one of the FAST signs.”
Face - Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?
Arms – Can they lift both arms?
Speech – Is their speech slurred and do they understand you?
Time – Time is critical. If you can see any of these symptoms act FAST and call 000.
Ms Ryan said despite being largely preventable, stroke kills more women than breast cancer, more men than prostate cancer and leaves thousands with an ongoing disability.
“Individuals can do their part by educating themselves on the causes and the signs of stroke, and by getting involved in National Stroke Week to help promote a better understanding of stroke.
“2017 National Stroke Week is taking place from Monday 4 to Sunday 10 September and I encourage Euroa district residents to get involved,” Ms Ryan said.
More information is available at Steph Ryan’s office at 25 Bridget Street, Benalla or online at www.strokefoundation.org.au/strokeweek