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What are the signs of a stroke?

We are saddened to hear our former deputy prime minister John Prescott is in hospital after suffering a stroke. Knowing the signs of a stroke is vital for ensuring you’re able to react quickly and appropriately should you spot them in someone.

When you have a stroke, your brain isn’t getting the blood it needs. Treatment is needed immediately to ensure you lower your chances of brain damage, disability, or even death.

Use the FAST test to spot the signs of a stroke

The FAST test developed by the NHS is the simplest way to check for the most common signs of a stroke in yourself or someone else.

  • Face: Smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms: Raise both arms together. Does one arm drop down?
  • Speech: Check for slurred or strange speech by asking them to repeat a short sentence
  • Time to call 999: If the answer is yes to any of the above, call 999 immediately and note the time when symptoms started.

Other stroke symptoms

There are several other stroke symptoms that may also indicate a person is having a stroke, including:

  • Paralysis of 1 side of the body
  • Loss of sight or blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Struggling to understand what others are saying
  • Problems with balance and co-ordination
  • Unable to swallow (dysphagia)
  • Severe headaches
  • Loss of consciousness

Mini Stroke Symptoms

Did you know over two thirds (68%) of people do not recognise mini stroke symptoms? Mini stroke symptoms otherwise known as a TIA (Transient ischaemic attack) are not easily identified. The stroke symptoms are the same as a stroke, but can last between a few minutes and a few hours before diappearing. Mini stroke symptoms should never be ignored as it means you have an increased risk of having a stroke as there may be a problem with the supply of blood to your brain.

Call 999 if you spot the signs of a stroke

Remember no two strokes are the same so it’s important to call 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance if you have spotted the signs of a stroke. Even if the stroke symptoms disappear it’s vitally important an assessment in a hospital is carried out.

Caring for stroke survivors

For stroke survivors, going home is a big adjustment and often life-changing. The effects of having a stroke can vary greatly from person to person depending on the type and severity of the attack – as does the chance of making a full recovery. Individuals recovering from a stroke are likely to require ongoing care and medical assistance. Changes to coordination and balance can make previously simple tasks difficult, if not impossible for the stroke survivor.

However as we care and support many stroke survivors, we have found recuperation is often quicker in the comfort of their own home with the support of a live-in carer.  We can help with:

  • Support after leaving hospital including early supported discharge
  • Care and rehabilitation at home following acute treatment in hospital
  • Ongoing long term care
  • Short-term respite care

Contact us today to arrange a no obligation care assessment. We’re here to help.