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Understanding A Stroke

This Month we have asked First Aid Training Expert and qualified instructor Aimie Chatfield from Aim High Training and Development to provide us with some background information on strokes and the importance of understanding how to help someone in an emergency situation.

Every year there are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK, that is one stroke every five minutes. Most people affected are over 65 years of age but anyone can have a stroke, including children and babies.

What is a stroke?

There are two types of Stroke. The first being a blockage in the artery carrying blood to the brain (Ischaemic strokes). This can be caused by a blood clot, air bubble or fat globule forming in a blood vessel and is carried to the brain.

The second is where a blood vessel bursts and bleeds into the brain (Haemorrhagic strokes). This is caused by a vessel bursting within the brain itself or a blood vessel on the surface of the brain bleeding into the area between the brain and the skull.

How would you recognise if someone is having a stroke?

You can recognise a stroke by using the very simple F.A.S.T test.

The stroke association have also created a great video showing how to recognise a stroke. If a person fails anyone of these tests get help immediately by calling 999

Strokes change the lives of not only the affected person but their families as well. It is important that everyone involved knows what help there is out there practically, emotionally and financially.

If you or a family member have suffered a stroke and would like some help or support you can contact the Stroke Association.

You may also be entitled to some state benefits such as Disability Living Allowance, Employment Support Allowance or help around the home.

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