Stroke claims the lives of nearly 70 South Africans every day.
Nearly 240 people will suffer a stroke every day, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
If a stroke is not identified in time, it could be fatal or affect an individual's recovery.
Medical help is most important within the first few hours after a stroke, explains the foundation's Megan Lee.
Time lost is brain function lost.— Megan Lee, Registered Dietitian and Physiologist at the Heart and Stroke Foundation
The faster you get the person to a hospital, the better their chances of survival and recovery.— Megan Lee, Registered Dietitian and Physiologist at the Heart and Stroke Foundation
Lee explains that there are four major warning signs of a stroke, explained with the acronym act FAST:
F - face-drooping
A - arm weakness
S - speech difficulty
T - time to call emergency services
She says that many communities in South Africa lack access to healthcare and information.
We still have a lot of work ahead of us trying to get the information out there.— Megan Lee, Registered Dietitian and Physiologist at the Heart and Stroke Foundation
Take a listen to her elaborate on the symptoms and common myths:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Signs you're having a stroke (and why you should act fast)