If you have a loved one who has suffered from a stroke, then you are likely to have investigated and collected as much information as possible about strokes. It is much more difficult to get people to find out about strokes before they, or their loved ones, suffer from one. A better understanding of how to distinguish a stroke was made when the Stroke Foundation published a series of TV ads called FAST. My husband recognised that I had a stroke because of these ads.
The FAST test is an easy way to recognise and remember the signs of stroke. Using the FAST test involves asking these simple questions:
Face – Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?
Arms – Can they lift both arms?
Speech – Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
Time – Time is critical. If you see any of these signs, call 000 straight away.
When you visit the Stroke Foundation website you will find lots of helpful information (which I will be discussing in future posts). They discuss what a stroke actually is (and there is a good video also), how to prevent a stroke, how to help those suffering from a stroke and how to fight a stroke. You can also find information on health professionals and what research is currently being undertaken.
It is commonly thought that strokes only occur in the elderly, yet a number of children also suffer from a stroke. A baby has been born having suffered a stroke in the womb. In 2012, 30 percent of stroke survivors were under the age of 65. More women die from a stroke than they do of breast cancer and more men die than from prostrate cancer.
Educate yourself to understand just what a stroke is and what you can do about it and you will at least feel more confident that you have knowledge to draw on if you or your family suffer from a stroke.
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As I mentioned, my husband recognised that I had had a stroke because I did not understand what he was saying. I had no idea that this had happened. But my condition was masked as I was suffering severe pain at the time that I had the stroke; the pain came from a brain tumour which I also had.
This remarkable video of a young TV reporter, while speaking on air, suffered a stroke and she did not realise it either. You won’t believe this one!