A stroke is a serious and life threatening health condition that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.
Strokes are a medical emergency and getting access to urgent treatment is essential. So the sooner a person receives treatment the less damage is likely to happen.
Recently the Department of Health and the Stroke Association have raised awareness of stroke and its symptoms known as FAST, The aim of this initative is to improve the chances of recovery by making more people aware of the signs of a stroke and the importance of taking emergency action.
Visit the FAST website using the link provided to learn more
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.
Time - it's time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms.
If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.
Preventing a Stroke
If you are worried about having a stroke, there are things you can do to significantly reduce the risk of you having a stroke;
- eating a healthy diet
- taking regular exercise
- drinking alcohol in moderation
- not smoking
Use the NHS Choices Live well pages to give you more information about making positive changes to your lifestyle
The NHS Choices website has lots of information around all aspects relating to Stokes.
NHS Health Check
The NHS health checks are free to adults in England aged between 40 and 74 years of age, its aim is to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type two diabetes or dementia.
The Stroke Association
The Stroke Association are regarded as the UK’s leading charity dedicated to conquering stroke. They campaign for better stroke care and support research to find better treatments.
They also provide a home visitng service to support stroke survivors and their family. The service aims to offer both advice and practical support to lessen the impact, aid recovery and raise awareness.
To find out more information on what they offer local to you you can visit their website using the link provided. Alternatively you can telephone the Stroke helpline on 0303 3033 100 (open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Different Strokes is run by younger stroke survivors for younger stroke survivors. We have personal experience of the realities of life after stroke
Although they do not have a local group for you to attend in Hull, they are able to give support and practical advice either over the phone or through their Facebook group
You can contact different strokes information line on Call 01908 317 618 or 0345 1307 172 or you can visit their website to find out more using the link provided.