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About Stroke

What is a stroke?

  • Basically, a stroke is a brain attack – a sudden interruption of blood flow to parts of the brain causing damage to the brain cells. There are two ways a stroke happens: either a clot blocks a blood vessel in the brain (Ischaemic Stroke) or a blood vessel in the brain bursts (Brain Haemorrhage).
               
  • The sooner medical attention is received, the less damage the stroke will cause. That is why it is important for everyone to recognise the signs right away. Stroke is always a medical emergency. Even if the symptoms don’t cause pain or go away quickly, call 111 immediately.

Is it a stroke?

The symptoms are FAST:

Face Does the person’s face look different? Is one side of the face droopy? Arms – Can the person raise both arms? Is one side weak? Speech – Speak a little sentence. Is the person able to? Is the speech slurred? Time  Lost time could be lost brain. Get to hospital FAST!

10 Key Facts About Strokes

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Stroke is the second single largest killer in New Zealand (more than 2000 people every year).
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Every day, 22 New Zealanders have a stroke.

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Stroke is the major cause of adult disability in New Zealand.

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Stroke is largely preventable, yet 8000 New Zealanders a year suffer a stroke – a third of which are fatal.

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There are 56,000 stroke survivors in New Zealand, many of whom have disability and need significant daily support.

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Stroke recovery can continue throughout life, but there is little ongoing rehabilitation provided for stroke survivors nationally.

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At least one in three New Zealanders can’t recognise the signs of a stroke. Delayed recognition means delayed medical intervention. Delayed medical intervention can have tragic consequences.

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High blood pressure is a major cause of strokes. One in five New Zealanders have high blood pressure, and a third of these don’t know it. Reducing blood pressure can greatly reduce stroke risk.

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Stroke is a medical emergency – yet most New Zealanders do not have access to acceptable stroke hospital services.

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NEED HELP after diagnoses? Call us for services – Stroke Central Region  – 04 298 8585 and 0800 298 858

10 Key Facts About Strokes

5
Stroke is the second single largest killer in New Zealand (more than 2000 people every year).
5

Every day, 22 New Zealanders have a stroke.

5

Stroke is the major cause of adult disability in New Zealand.

5

Stroke is largely preventable, yet 8000 New Zealanders a year suffer a stroke – a third of which are fatal.

5

There are 56,000 stroke survivors in New Zealand, many of whom have disability and need significant daily support.

5

Stroke recovery can continue throughout life, but there is little ongoing rehabilitation provided for stroke survivors nationally.

5

At least one in three New Zealanders can’t recognise the signs of a stroke. Delayed recognition means delayed medical intervention. Delayed medical intervention can have tragic consequences.

5

High blood pressure is a major cause of strokes. One in five New Zealanders have high blood pressure, and a third of these don’t know it. Reducing blood pressure can greatly reduce stroke risk.

5

Stroke is a medical emergency – yet most New Zealanders do not have access to acceptable stroke hospital services.

5

NEED HELP after diagnoses? Call us for services – Stroke Central Region  – 04 298 8585 and 0800 298 858