Public urged to take note of stroke risk

Nicolette BarbasHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Harvey's John Harrison-Brown says National Stroke Week is a great time to learn not only the signs of a stroke but also how to prevent one.
Camera IconHarvey's John Harrison-Brown says National Stroke Week is a great time to learn not only the signs of a stroke but also how to prevent one. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

Every nine minutes, someone in Australia has a stroke, so it should come as no surprise that there are more than 475,000 Australians living with the impact of stroke.

To help educate residents on stroke prevention, former Harvey nurse and ambulance officer John Harrison-Brown held an information stall outside Parton’s IGA last Friday during National Stroke Week.

The week is aimed at raising awareness about stroke prevention and recovery.

”Stroke is one of the most downplayed medical conditions happening to people around the country,” Mr Harrison-Brown said.

“Statistics have shown that stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer, so it is important that people know how to recognise when they (strokes) are happening, and what they can do.”

As a Stroke Foundation Australia member, Mr Harrison-Brown delivers presentations and potential lifesaving messages on a regular basis. “There are four things to check: has their mouth drooped, can they lift both arms, is their speech slurred, and then it’s all about time,” he said.

“Time is critical — don’t muck around, ring for an ambulance, because the quicker we get them to a hospital, the better their chance of survival is.”

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