Preventing stroke

Prevent stroke – one of Australia's biggest killers and leading cause of disability.

1 in 6 people will have a stroke – behind these numbers are real lives. Strokes can happen to anyone so it is important to know your stroke risk.

Stroke is not a heart attack. A stroke happens when the supply of blood to the brain is suddenly disrupted. Blood is carried to the brain by blood vessels called arteries.

Blood may stop moving through the artery because the artery is blocked by a clot or plaque, or because the artery breaks or burst. When blood stops flowing, the brain does not get the oxygen it needs, and so brain cells in the area die, and permanent damage can be done.

Some strokes are fatal while others cause permanent or temporary disability. It is important to understand that stroke can be prevented.


About Stroke Brochures

  1. High blood pressure and stroke
  2. Understand and prevent stroke
  3. What is a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)?
  4. Irregular heartbeat and stroke
  5. Know the signs of stroke


Other stroke resources and fact sheets