Recognising Stroke Symptoms
The Stroke Association and Public Health England are urging everyone to be aware of the signs and symptoms of stroke. This will in return save more lives and enable a better outcome for people that have been affected with stroke.
The sooner a person receives treatment, the better chances they have of avoiding long term damage. Having a stroke essentially destroys 2 million of your nerve cells every minute before treatment is received. The nerve cells are very important for brain, speech and mobility function.
The main symptoms of stroke can be remembered with the word FAST.
A stroke can happen at any age but older people are at a higher risk. The African and Caribbean population are also at a higher risk due to the natural tendency to develop high blood pressure which can lead to having a stroke. Here is the link to our living long living well publication
The AHPN position on stroke is to reduce the risk of stroke through targeted interventions based on healthy lifestyle choices. Secondly, to support more people with information to recognise stroke and seek timely medical help. More support is always needed to invest in rehabilitation centres for stroke patients.