1 person every 5 minutes in the UK has a stroke, that’s over 150,000 people a year. The month of May marks Action on Stroke and this week, we will support this national campaign by raising awareness of what a stroke is, how people have coped to regain independence and control in their lives and what support there is in Leeds for those impacted by this challenging condition.
What is a stroke?
A stroke has been described as a brain attack and happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off and brain cells are damaged or die.
What happens to you if you have a stroke?
A stroke can damage both the mind and body, are sudden, can have an immediate effect. They can affect anyone at any time and in many different ways. This can include affecting:
- bodily functions
- thought processes
- our ability to learn, and
- how we feel and communicate.
Sometimes people who have a stroke make a significant recovery within a month. For most, however, there are longer-term problems and, in Leeds, there’s a raft of support services available to aid recovery where possible. These services will be covered in the remainder of the week, so please keep a look out. It may be of help to you or someone you know who has been affected by a stroke.
THE IMPORTANT PART. Could you recognise the stroke symptoms if you saw it? Acting fast makes all the difference…
A stroke is ALWAYS a medical emergency. It is vital to be able to recognise the symptoms of a stroke and get help immediately. You might be at a football match; in a restaurant; at home with friends or family. Would you know what to do? Could you spot the tell-tale signs? Find out more below and act FAST:
Facial weakness: Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
Arm weakness: Can the person raise both arms?
Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
If you see any one of these three signs, it’s TIME to call 999. Stroke is always a medical emergency.
Keep an eye out this week for more information in support of Action on Stroke month.