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A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted. Learning the 'F.A.S.T.' test for stroke can save a person's life.
The main symptoms of stroke can be remembered using the word FAST (Face-Arms-Speech-Time). Learn about stroke symptoms and why it’s important to act quickly.
What causes a stroke?
Stroke is a largely preventable event and many stroke risk factors can be reduced by making lifestyle changes. Discover what might cause you to have a stroke.
Life after a stroke
There are a number of common problems in daily life as a result of having a stroke. Find out how to manage after a stroke.
Strokes are usually diagnosed by studying images of the brain (brain imaging) and carrying out physical tests. Find out more here.
Stroke rehabilitation helps the brain to relearn skills that have been affected. Learn about the most common problems and types of rehabilitation.
How to help someone who's having a stroke
One Australian has a stroke every 9 minutes. But the sooner they get treated, the better. Learn the 'F.A.S.T.' way to help a person having a stroke.
Stroke prevention through medicines and surgery
Medical treatments to prevent stroke include surgery on the carotid arteries and medication to reduce blood pressure or clotting. Find out more here.
Stroke prevention through a healthy lifestyle
The best way to prevent a stroke is to eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and avoid smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol. Find out more here.
Transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
A transient ischemic attack (TIA) has similar symptoms to a stroke but only lasts a few minutes. If you think you are having a TIA, call 000 for an ambulance.