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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How can I tell if someone is having a stroke?

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    Dr Nicholas Bradfield

    Clinical Neuropsychologist, Psychologist

    Dr Bradfield is a Clinical Neuropsychologist working in private practice and in the public health system in Melbourne, Australia. He has clinical experience conducting neuropsychological ... View Profile

    Stroke may manifest in a number of ways.  Stroke should be considered when there is a sudden onset of symptoms such as:

    • slurred speech
    • difficulty speaking or understanding
    • weakness down one half of the body or in one limb
    • facial droop
    • loss of consciousness
    In such circumstances seek urgent medical attention.

  • Tim Cottman - Fields

    Exercise Physiologist, Physiotherapist

    Tim is considered a movement specialist - using exercise, education and hands on therapy as his main treatments, helping everyone achieve optimal function. His interests ... View Profile

    I second what Dr Bradfield said and also let you know there is an easy acronym for this. (we healthcare/ medico's love using arconyms). The F.A.S.T arconym is used when you think someone may be having a stroke.

    F - Do they have any facial weakness? can they puff out thier cheeks and smile equally?
    A - Can they lift both arms equally?
    S - Do they have any slurred speech?
    T - If any of the above findings are noted and you belive they may be having a stroke it is Time to call ‘000’ or ‘112’

    Cheers!

  • Kirsty Woods

    Exercise Physiologist

    Hi I’m Kirsty Woods,I would like to use my experience, expertise and passion to help you reach your weight, energy and health goalsI have been ... View Profile

    Here is a good resource

    http://strokefoundation.com.au/what-is-a-stroke/signs-of-stroke/

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