Don't ignore the signs of stroke
NHS Chorley and South Ribble Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Greater Preston Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are reminding local residents that the NHS is still here to help.
May is National Stroke Awareness Month, so it is a perfect time to familiarise yourself with the symptoms of stroke.
Stroke is a serious, life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. It is essential for anyone who is experiencing symptoms of stroke to seek medical help because the sooner they do, the less damage is likely to be done.
Dr Sumantra Mukerji, Chair and Clinical Leader, NHS Greater Preston CCG said: “While everyone is being told to stay at home, it can be hard to know what to do if you’re unwell. It's still important to get medical help if you need it. If you think you or a family member are suffering with the symptoms of a stroke you must dial 999 immediately. The quicker a stroke is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.”
You can spot the symptoms of a stroke by using the FAST test:
- Face - is the face drooping / fallen on one side? Can they smile?
- Arms - can they raise both arms and keep them there?
- Speech - is it slurred?
- Time to call 999 if you see any of the above signs.
Other stroke symptoms include loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes, sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, memory loss or confusion, and dizziness, unsteadiness or a sudden fall.
Dr Mukerji added: “You can significantly reduce your risk of having a stroke through an active, healthy lifestyle, such as eating well, taking regular exercise, drinking alcohol in moderation and not smoking.
“During the coronavirus pandemic, it is important to go out for a daily walk or bike ride if you can. Even if you’re self-isolating or shielding, there are lots of ways to exercise in your own home.”
For a range of easy-to-follow, gym-free workouts that can be done anywhere, at any time, visit: www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/gym-free-workouts/
For more information about the symptoms of stroke, and to find out what support is available, visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/stroke.