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National Stroke Week: Join the Fight Against Stroke with MedAdvisor

August 10, 2023

As National Stroke Week approaches, 7th to 13th August, it's time to shine a spotlight on stroke awareness and the importance of early detection. This global health event plays a crucial role in educating everyone about strokes and how to prevent them. Often people think conditions like this will never happen to them, but it is something that can happen to anyone at any stage of their life. There are some key parts to stroke awareness that can make a massive difference and help both you and the ones you love. 

Understanding strokes: What you need to know

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. This can lead to brain cells dying in minutes, making it a very serious medical emergency. When it comes to the brain being deprived of oxygen, minutes and seconds can truly make a difference. They are a leading cause of death and disability worldwide but understanding them is the first step in prevention.

Strokes can have numerous effects and risks, from temporary or permanent weakness in limbs to difficulty speaking and understanding. It's crucial to stay informed about these potential risks, and MedAdvisor's essential health resources provide a wealth of information to help you do just that.

Recognising the signs: your first line of defense against stroke

Recognising the signs of a stroke early can make a significant difference in recovery.

  • Trouble speaking
  • Paralysis or numbness of the face
  • Paralysis or numbness of the arm
  • Paralysis or numbness of the leg
  • Sudden severe headaches

If you notice any of these signs, it's crucial to seek medical help immediately. When it comes to staying on top of signs and symptoms of different illnesses and conditions, MedAdvisor's medication management app can be an invaluable tool. Supporting you in managing your health and staying on top of and alert for any potential health issues, including strokes.

Your lifestyle choices: a powerful tool in stroke prevention

Lifestyle choices can have a significant impact on stroke prevention. Some easy things you and your loved ones can do to help reduce the risk of strokes include:

  • A healthy diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Avoiding smoking
  • Avoiding excessive alcohol 

If you need advice on maintaining a healthy lifestyle or managing medical conditions that can increase stroke risk, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, MedAdvisor's pharmacy services can provide the support you need.

National Stroke Week: A crucial catalyst for change

As you can imagine, National Stroke Week plays a pivotal role in promoting awareness, early detection, and the correct response to strokes. It's a time for individuals, healthcare professionals, and communities to come together to learn about strokes and how to prevent them.

A global united front: National Stroke Awareness Week around the world

Different countries observe National Stroke Awareness Week in various ways, but the goal remains the same: to raise awareness about strokes and how to prevent them. From awareness campaigns to free health checks, these initiatives play a vital role in the global fight against stroke.

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Pharmacists: your trusted allies in stroke prevention

Pharmacists play a vital role in stroke prevention. They can provide advice on managing health conditions, help you understand your medications, and provide valuable information about medication management. We asked our friends at at Fullife pharmacies about the importance of stroke awareness and how pharmacies can help. Here is what Tim Shanks, Manager and Pharmacist in charge had to say:

“We are very fortunate at Fullife Pharmacies to have preventative health specialists from Equip4Life, including a Dietitian, Exercise Physiologist and Nurse, delivering a free evidence-based Stroke Prevention Lifestyle Modification program on-site for our at-risk customers and also online Victoria wide. The program focuses on nutrition, physical activity, healthy weight, sleep and stress to name a few, and is 100% funded by the Victorian Government, and endorsed by the Stroke Foundation. This means there is no out of pocket costs for the customer, so they can access the preventative support they need! Best of all, the program is available Victoria wide, which means that customers from all Victorian pharmacies can refer their customers to the program by contacting Equip4Life via phone 0404501195 or email alain@equip4life.com.au”
Tim Shanks - Fullife pharmacy

Tim Shanks
Manager and Pharmacist in charge


At MedAdvisor, we work closely with pharmacists to ensure you have the support you need to manage your health effectively. You can access our pharmacy services at here. Additionally, you can reach out to Equip4Life or Fullife Pharmacies for more information.

Take control of your health with MedAdvisor

At MedAdvisor, we're committed to helping you take control of your health. Whether you need help managing your medications, advice on preventing health issues, or support from a trusted pharmacist, we're here to help.

Take the first step in your health journey today by downloading MedAdvisor's medication management app. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against stroke.

As we approach National Stroke Week, remember that every step counts in the fight against stroke. Whether it's making a small change to your lifestyle, learning more about strokes, or sharing information with others, every action can make a difference.

We encourage you to participate in National Stroke Week activities and to use MedAdvisor's resources to stay informed and proactive about your health. 


Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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