Are you Stroke Aware?
Effective treatment of a stroke can prevent long term disability and save lives.
A stroke is an abnormality involving the circulation of blood to the brain, causing permanent damage. This damage is the result of either a blood vessel blockage that cuts off blood flow to the brain (ischaemic stroke) or due to bleeding into the brain (Haemorrhagic stroke).
Ischaemic Strokes occur as fatty deposits narrow the blood vessels to the brain or by a blood clot forming and dislodging within the heart or blood vessels that carry blood to the brain. If treated quickly enough this type of stroke can be completely reversed!
If you suspect you might be having a stroke or you notice signs and symptoms of a stroke in someone else, call 999. By getting urgent timely treatment the affects of the stroke may be less severe.
Use the FAST test to assess for a stroke (Stroke Association 2019)
F – Face: Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?
A – Arms: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
S – Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?
T – Time If you see any of these three signs, it’s time to call 999.
This test helps to identify three of the most common signs of a stroke however there are other factors that you should be aware of and seek medical attention urgently if you notice;
· Sudden onset of numbness or weakness on one side of the body
· Difficulty finding words or speaking in full sentences
· Sudden blurred vision or loss of sight in one or both eyes
· Sudden memory loss or confusion, dizziness or a fall
· A sudden severe headache
We at Silver Physio can help support people who’s lives have been affected by Stroke. We have specialist skills in helping guide people towards their goals no matter what stage they are at in their journey post stroke. Our team can support you with well referenced advice and education about stroke. Our focus is on raising the profile of stroke awareness with the aim to minimise the effect that a stroke may have on an individual and those who support them.