A stroke is a medical emergency in which the blood flow to a part of the brain is suddenly disrupted.
This can cause brain cells to die, as they rely on blood to receive life-sustaining oxygen and nutrients.
If a stroke victim does not receive prompt medical treatment, whole swathes of their brain can die, and they can sustain permanent brain damage and requisite physical, emotional, and intellectual complications.
The Stroke Foundation recommends using the F.A.S.T test (see below) to identify the main symptoms of stroke, and to assess whether a person is experiencing a stroke.
As such, if a person fails even one step of the F.A.S.T test call Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance.
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