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National Stroke Week: know your risk of stroke - AMA Victoria

AMA Victoria is reminding people that National Stroke Week starts today and that simple lifestyle changes can help to reduce their risk of stroke.
Stroke is the second largest killers of Australians, taking more lives that prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women. Stroke is also a leading cause of disability.
AMA Victoria President Dr Stephen Parnis says there are some simple ways to reduce the risk of stroke and is urging Victorians to be aware of the causes and symptoms of stroke.
“A stroke occurs when blood flow is interrupted or stops moving through an artery, because the artery is blocked or bursts”.
“Those who think they have suffered a stroke should see a doctor immediately, only doctors are qualified to diagnose a stroke”.
Dr Parnis is keen to remind Victorians of some simple ways to reduce the risk of stroke, including:
  • being aware of risk factors involved with stroke; high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels
  • keeping physically active & exercising regularly
  • maintaining a healthy diet
  • limiting alcohol consumption
  • avoiding cigarettes
“Symptoms of stroke can include numbness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg on either or both sides of the body; difficulty speaking or understanding; dizziness, a loss of balance; a loss of vision or blurring in one or both eyes; severe headache; and difficulty swallowing” said Dr Parnis.
“If you think that someone has suffered a stroke you should call triple zero immediately. It is really important that the stroke victim receive treatment as soon as possible”.
AMA Victoria is urging people to be alert to the threat of stroke and to reduce their risk of becoming a victim by keeping active and enjoying a healthy diet. National stroke week runs from 10 to 16 September.

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