Have you made your health and wellbeing a top priority? A health insurance plan can help to make sure it is, with the arrival of National Stroke Week.
Running from Monday September 10 to Saturday September 16, stroke week – known as the 'silent killer' – will bring awareness to the one in six people who will have a stroke.
The Stroke Foundation is encouraging Australians to remember this statistic, and take into account these six steps in working towards preventing a stroke.
The first step is to know your personal risk factors, whether that be diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, secondly be physically active and exercise regularly, thirdly avoid obesity by adhering to a healthy diet, fourth step is to limit alcohol consumption, fifth step is to avoid cigarette smoke and lastly, learn to recognise the warning signs for stroke and act FAST.
Signs of the stroke can be understood through the FAST test which involves asking three simple questions: Face – has their mouth dropped? Arm – can they lift both arms? Speech – Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
Time is critical when you recognise these signs, which also include the numbness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg, loss of vision, dizziness and difficulty swallowing – so make sure to call 000.
A private health insurance plan can help to ensure you get the appropriate care and treatment you need for your medical needs.