May is Stroke Awareness Month. Traditionally marked by the Stroke Association with the Make May Purple campaign, this year, due to the severe drop in charitable income, they are focusing on raising awareness of the impact of the unprecedented events of the past year on the charity. Stroke Awareness Month 2021 sees the launch of the 'Save research. Rebuild lives.' campaign.
There are 3 main types of stroke
Most will be caused by a blockage cutting off blood supply to the brain - this is an ischaemic stroke. Strokes can also be caused by bleeding in or around the brain - these are known as haemorrhagic strokes.
Finally, there is a TIA, transient ischaemic attack also known as a mini-stroke. With a TIA, the symptoms only last for a short amount of time as the blockage that stops blood from getting to the brain is temporary.
The quicker treatment is given, the better chances are for a good recovery. Recognising a stroke is therefore very important. Using the FAST test is the best way to do this.
Signs of stroke
- Face: Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?
- Arms: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
- Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?
- Time: If you see any of these three signs, it's time to call 999.
Sadly, there are occasions when a stroke is not diagnosed quickly enough in a medical setting, or inadequate treatment is given which can be devastating.
If you think there was a delay in diagnosis or inadequate treatment in your case or that of a loved one and would like to discuss the matter, please contact Simon Bransby on firstname.lastname@example.org or via 01603 660811.