Every nine minutes someone in Australia has a stroke, that’s 56,000 strokes in one year alone.
In Queensland, more than 10,000 strokes occur a year and with the recent National Stroke Week (September 3-9), it’s something we need to be aware of.
A stroke attacks the brain which is the human control centre, that’s why Queenslanders are being encouraged to take control of their health.
Stroke Foundation Queensland state manager Andrea Sanders said the number of people having strokes over the past two decades has grown rapidly, with even young people having strokes these days.
We should be exercising and making the right dietary choices as the first step to improving our health and minimising our stroke risk.
In addition to remaining active and eating properly, we should also drink alcohol in moderation, not exceeding 2 standard drinks a day.
Smoking is another factor that increases risk.