- Around 9000 people have a stroke in New Zealand every year. That’s roughly one an hour, every day. Strokes kill around 2500 Kiwis a year, second only behind heart disease and all cancers combined. In 2009, it was estimated stroke cost the country more than $450m every year.
- Disabilities from a stroke make it one of the highest consumers of hospital beds, services and community support. It’s estimated the number of strokes every year could be halved if people made better lifestyle choices around diet, exercise, alcohol and smoking.
- There are 60,000 stroke survivors in the country.Stroke Foundation CEO Mark Vivian says Eileen’s experience is proof that FAST works. “It’s incredible how those four little letters can make a big difference to the life of someone who has a stroke. It can be the difference between life and death, or good quality of life and a life of dependence.”