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Stroke

Stroke

A “Brain attack” that occurs when part of the blood supply to the brain is cut off.

What is a stroke?
A stroke is a brain attack. It happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off.
 Blood carries essential nutrients and oxygen to your brain. Without blood your brain cells can be damaged or die.
 This damage can have different effects, depending on where it happens in your brain.
 A stroke can affect the way your body works as well as how you think, feel and communicate.
Can you recover from stroke?

All strokes are different. For some people the effects may be relatively minor and may not last long. Others may be left with more serious problems that make them dependent on other people.

Unfortunately not everyone survives – around one in eight people die within 30 days of having a stroke. That’s why it’s so important to be able to recognise the symptoms and get medical help as quickly as possible.

The quicker you receive treatment, the better your chances for a good recovery.

What causes stroke?

As we age our arteries become harder and narrower and more likely to become blocked. However, certain medical conditions and lifestyle factors can speed up this process and increase your risk of having a stroke.

A stroke can happen at any time. They can be minor and major and if not treated FAST, can result in lifelong damage. Sometimes described as a Fire going through woodland. The longer left untreated the worse damage that can occur

Recognition:

  • Facial Weakness
  • Arm Weakness
  • Speech Problems
  • Time to call 999/112
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Treatment:

  • Call 999 / 112 for an ambulance
  • Sit the casualty up with Head and Shoulders raised
  • Reassure the casualty all will be ok and keep them comfortable
  • Be prepared  to resuscitate

This guidance is great but no substitute for a practical First Aid course.

We teach Strokes in more detail on the following courses. 

TQUK Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work

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