Not acting fast enough when you suffer a stroke can change your life.
Janet Kennedy, a former teacher, knows this all too well.
“I’ve lost all movement in my right arm, and I need help whenever I need to walk anywhere,” said Ms Kennedy.
Stroke week is taking place this week, and Ballarat Health Services are encouraging everyone to take the initiative and reduce their risk of having a stroke.
Clinical Nurse Specialist Casey Hair is telling everyone to be proactive.
“We want to encourage everyone to download the ‘Stroke Riskometer’ app so they can be aware of the risks,” said Ms Hair.
“Making sure everyone knows F.A.S.T (face, arms, speech, time) is also massive in making sure people know how to identify a stroke, and know what to do when one happens.”
Every year there are more than 56,000 strokes, so the Stroke Foundation is encouraging Australians to find new ways to lead a heathier life.
You can do this by making an appointment with your GP, taking some small steps to better diet, physical activity or stopping smoking.
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