EDUCATING a group of occupational health nurses, health and safety representatives, coaches and first aiders at Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg last Friday were Dr Z Sacoor, Dr Y Yacoob, Dr D Fiandiero and Dr J Ramnath.The focus of the day was on recognising and preventing strokes.Contributing risk factors and healthy lifestyle changes were also discussed.STROKE IS A BRAIN ATTACKStrokes happen when a clot or rupture interrupts blood flow to the brain. Without oxygen-rich blood, brain cells die.Recognising a stroke — do the F.A.S.T. test:• Face — smile or show your teeth. Does one side of the face droop?• Arm — close your eyes and holds put your arms for 10 seconds. Does one arm drift down?• Speech – repeat any sentence. Is speech slurred, wrong words used or unable to speak?• Time – note the time and get to the nearest emergency centre/stroke unit as soon as possible.— Supplied.