Commemorating World Stroke Day

2018-10-31 06:02
From left: Dr Z Sacoor, Dr Y Yacoob, Dr D Fiandiero and Dr J Ramnath.PHOTO: supplied

From left: Dr Z Sacoor, Dr Y Yacoob, Dr D Fiandiero and Dr J Ramnath.PHOTO: supplied

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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 ATTACK

Strokes 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.

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