First Aid – what to do when a stroke occurs

The next in this week’s series of blog post on first aid looks at strokes.

When have covered some of this area before so you might be interested in our previous posts which you can find here.

What to do when someone has a stroke

What to do when someone has a stroke [Infographic] by the team at imperative training

How to communicate with somebody with Aphasia! Like and share this brilliant infographic.

This month, as you may know , sees Aphasia Awareness Month.

Aphasia is a language disorder that impacts our ability to communicate. Very often caused by strokes that occur in areas of our brain which control speech and language. You can check out signs of strokes here.

Please remember that Aphasia does not affect intelligence. Stroke survivors remain mentally alert, even though their speech may be jumbled, fragmented and sometime impossible to understand.

Typical signs and symptoms of Aphasia include:-

An inability to use language in ordinary circumstances.
Difficulty communicating in normal activities such as home and work.
Feelings of isolation.

To help promote awareness we are sharing a very useful infographic produced by the American Stroke Association. This gives some very useful tips on communicating with people with Aphasia.

Please can you pass it on!

Thanks in advance.

Aphasia - Tips on communicating with somebody with Aphasia
Aphasia – Tips on communicating with somebody with Aphasia

National Stroke Awareness Month. What are the signs of a stroke?

May is National Stroke Awareness Month so PatientTalk.Org are running a blog which aims not juststroke2 to raise awareness of stokes but also to provide some tips on how you can spot somebody having a stroke.

In the USA it has been estimated that 140,000 die of strokes each year and that it is the third most common cause of death.  Typically it affects people over the age of 65.

So what actually is a stroke?  Often called a brain attack strokes are typically separated into two different kinds. Ischemic strokes occur when there is a blockage of the artery in the brain.  These are by far the most common type of strokes.  A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel bursts causing leakage of blood into the brain.

It is worth mentioning that in almost all cases the symptoms come on very fast.  The five main signs of a stroke are:-

1)      Sudden very severe headaches

2)      Sudden numbness.  It could be the face, a limb or one side of the body

3)      Dizziness and a loss of balance

4)      Sudden difficulty in seeing with one or both eyes.

5)      Inability to speak, cognitive dysfunctions and difficulty in understanding others.

If you suffer from symptoms of a stroke (even temporary ones) it is vital that you contact emergency services as soon as possible.  The faster you get treatment the better your changes of recovery from a stroke.

Have you or a loved one had a stroke?  If so it would be great if you could share your story.  We are interested in all aspects of your stroke story but you might think about the following questions:-

a)      When did you have your stroke and at what age?

b)      Do you know what the causes of your stroke were?

c)       What sort of treatment for your stroke did you receive and how effective were these treatments?

d)      How did having a stroke affect your lifestyle?

It would be great if you could use the comment box below to share your stroke story with our readers

Many thanks in advance.