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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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