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Scan 132800001-1 HBPWHAT IS A STOKE?

A stroke is not a heart attack. A stroke occurs when the supply of blood to the brain is suddenly disrupted. Blood is carried to the brain by blood vessels called arteries. Blood may stop moving through an artery because the artery is blocked by a clot or plaque, or because the artery breaks or bursts. When blood stops flowing, the brain does not receive the oxigen it needs, and therefore brain cells in the area die and a permanent damage may be done. Some strokes are fatal while others may cause permanent or temporary disability.

WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS FOR STROKE? Stroke risk is influended by many factors. Some factors such as age, gender and family history of stroke are important but cannot be changed. However, there are a number of others that you can control to help reduce your chances of having a stroke.These include:

- High blood pressure; - Being overweight; - Smoking; - High blood cholesterol; - Drinking too much; - Type 2 diabetes; - Being physically inactive. Your personal history of medical conditions such as chronic kidney disease and irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) can also increase your risk of disease. High blood pressure is one of the most important risk factors for stroke you can change. The more risk factors you have, the higher your chances of having a stroke. Talk to your doctor about calculating your overall risk of a cardiovascular event (including stroke and heart attack).

STROKE-LINE.  The National Stroke Foundation's StrokeLine provides information about stroke prevention, recovery and support.  Qualified health professionals are there for you when you need comprehensive information and help. Stroke-Line : 1800 787 653 is open business hours EST across Australia, a message service is available outside these hours. If you leave a message, a health professional will return your call the next working day. For support and donations call 1300 194 196 or visit www.

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