The third largest cause of death, after heart disease and cancer; Strokes are a major issue in the UK and the risk of developing a stroke is increased considerably with older age. Ethnic minorities also have an increased risk of strokes as well as those with medical conditions such as high cholesterol and diabetes.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Speed is critical in the recovery from a stroke due to the potential of lasting brain damage. As a result, the FAST (Fast, Arms, Speech, Time) acronym has been widely promoted to help recognise the symptoms of strokes.
Strokes are categorised by two causes: ischaemic where blood flow is stopped or significantly reduced due to clotting which results in approximately 85% of strokes or haemorrhagic where a blood vessel supplying the brain bursts and as a result, impacts the blood flow.
A ‘Mini-Stroke’ can also occur due to a transient ischaemic attack where blood supply is only temporarily disrupted. They can often provide a warning sign for future major strokes so should still be taken very seriously.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly help to keep blood pressure low and reduce the risk of strokes. As do other health measures such as moderate levels of alcohol consumption and no smoking.
Those who survive a stroke are often left with permanent difficulties due to the injury to the brain such as problems with speech and mobility. As a result, many stroke survivors will need major rehabilitation and many will require care for the rest of their lives.
Bluebird Care Eastbourne and Wealden have a wide range of services that we can provide to help with rehabilitation following a stroke. From Live-In Care to our Reablement Service, we’ll ensure that you can live in comfort following your difficult period and continue life as best as possible.
We are here to help and can tailor our services to your needs. For further information, please get in touch.
For more information about strokes please visit the NHS website or the Stroke Association website.
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