Life after a Stroke

A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential. The sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.

Their are many signs and symptoms of a Stroke to look out for, the main symptoms can be remembered by the word FAST;

Face - The face may have dropped on 1 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 1 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.

Treating a stroke

The treatment and recovery of a stroke all depends on what type, how severe the stroke is and what part of the brain was affected. Strokes can be treated with medication. Medication can be used to prevent and treat cholesterol levels. In some cases procedures such as surgery to remove blood clots and treat brain swelling and reduce the risk of further bleeding on the brain.

Recovering from a stroke

People who do survive from a stroke are often left with long term affects. 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. Local services should provide free reablement which helps those who have suffered from a stroke to learn or relearn the skills they need to be able to live at home independently. Some people will need to continue extra assistance which could include washing, dressing and companionship.