According to NHS /National Health Services- https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stroke// stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.
The sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.
If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.
Symptoms of a stroke
The main symptoms of stroke can be remembered with the word FAST:
Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile, or their mouth or eye may have dropped.
Arms – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of weakness or numbness in one arm.
Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake; they may also have problems understanding what you’re saying to them.
Time – it’s time to dial 999 immediately if you see ANY of these signs or symptoms. Many people do a major mistake thinking that the person need to have all the signs above.
Causes of a stroke
Like all organs, the brain needs the oxygen and nutrients provided by blood to function properly.
If the supply of blood is restricted or stopped, brain cells begin to die. This can lead to brain injury, disability and possibly death.
There are two main types of stroke
ischaemic – blood supply is stopped because of a blood clot /85% of all cases/
haemorrhagic – where a weakened blood vessel supplying the brain bursts
There’s also a related condition called a transient ischaemic attack –called TIA where the blood supply to the brain is temporarily interrupted. Usually recognised as mini-stroke. It can last a few minutes or persist up to 24h. TIAs should be treated urgently, as they’re often a warning sign you’re at risk of having a full stroke in the near future.
Certain conditions increase the risk of having a stroke, including:
high blood pressure
irregular heart beats /AF- atrial fibrillation/
Treating a stroke
Treatment depends on the type of stroke you have, including which part of the brain was affected and what caused it.
Recovering from a stroke
People who survive a stroke are often left with long-term problems caused by injury to their brain.
Some people need a long period of rehabilitation before they can recover their former independence, while many never fully recover and need ongoing support after their stroke.
Preventing a stroke
You can significantly reduce your risk of having a stroke if you:
take regular exercises
reduce or stop alcohol intake
Rehab in stroke can help you with:
your affected vision
strengthen your weak muscles
improve balance and coordination
improve your transfers and mobility
address your shoulder pain
give you strategies for self care and self management
If you a stroke survivor or have a family member who has a stroke and need rehab, you can use our services.
We offer face to face in our clinic or home visits from Shoeburyness to Canvey Island, including Rayleigh, Hockley, Rochford.
Session could be booked via:
-phone call on 07481113606 or text message
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