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About Stroke

A stroke happens when blood supply to the brain is interrupted. Blood is carried to the brain by blood vessels called arteries. Blood contains oxygen and important nutrients for your brain cells. Blood may be interrupted or stop moving through an artery, because the artery is blocked (ischaemic stroke) or bursts (haemorrhagic stroke). When brain cells do not get enough oxygen or nutrients, they die. The area of brain damage is called a cerebral infarct.


  • Types of stroke

    Types of stroke

    A stroke can happen in two main ways. Either there is a blood clot or plaque that blocks a blood vessel in the brain, or a blood vessel in the brain breaks or ruptures.

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  • Stroke symptoms

    Stroke symptoms

    The Stroke Foundation recommends the F.A.S.T. test as an easy way to remember the most common signs of stroke.

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  • Treating stroke

    Treating stroke

    If you or someone else experiences the signs of stroke, no matter how long they last, call triple zero (000) immediately. Stroke is always a medical emergency.

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  • Help after stroke

    Help after stroke

    Being told you or someone you care about has had a stroke can be overwhelming but help is available.

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  • Preventing stroke

    Preventing stroke

    Did you know more than 80% of strokes can be prevented? Reduce your risk of stroke with a health check and a healthy lifestyle.

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  • Facts and figures

    Facts and figures

    How Australia is impacted by stroke, a closer look at the numbers.

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