One in four people globally will have a stroke in their lifetime.
In fact, more than 750 people received vital stroke treatment at a Sunshine Coast public hospital last year.
Dr Rohan Grimley sees the long-lasting effects a stroke can have on a patient and their family on a weekly basis, and it’s something he and his team are working hard to improve.
“If you count transient ischaemic attacks – what people call ‘mini strokes’ as well, we see close to 1000 people each year in our district alone,” Dr Grimley says.
“That’s why it is vital for us to keep investing in the best medical technology and treatments.
“The time from stroke symptoms to hospital treatment is so incredibly important. It is the only potential cure and can avoid disability if you are treated quickly.
“When a stroke happens, it can kill up to 1.9 million brain cells per minute.”
Dr Grimley said being a regional location and having a growing older population means there will be a higher rate of stroke on the Sunshine Coast and Gympie in years to come.
“We have been lucky enough to secure funding from our hospital foundation Wishlist to purchase life-saving medical equipment for regional patients in Gympie, as well as funding research programs to enhance the treatment of stroke patients on the Sunshine Coast.”
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