No-one I know has had a stroke, but the symptoms can sometimes be quite small - so I imagine a lot of people have strokes without even knowing that they've had one!
A quote from the NHS (National Health Service in the UK) F.A.S.T. website;
A stroke is caused by a disturbance of blood supply to the brain. Strokes are the leading cause of disability in the UK and the third most common cause of death after cancer and coronary heart disease. There are two main types of stroke, ischaemic and haemorrhagic which require different types of treatment.
What the campaign is saying is the following;
F - Has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
A - Can they raise both arms and keep them there?
S - Is their speech slurred?
T - Time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs.
More from the NHS website;
A stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention. So
recognising the signs and calling 999 for an ambulance is crucial. Quick
diagnosis of stroke is important to understanding the cause, the damage done and
what immediate medical treatment is needed. The sooner somebody who has had a
stroke gets the right medical attention the better their chances of a good
recovery. So minutes really do matter.
I thought I'd do a little research into the subject since I have no prior knowledge of strokes, and found a very interesting couple of pages on what Strokes actually feel like, so here's that link too;
As I get older, things like this stick in my mind, let's be honest - they scare me!
I'd like to say I played a small part in making people aware of this serious, but misunderstood, medical emergency.
If you click on the picture on the right it will take you to the NHS website on this campaign. - please take a moment and visit - it could save you or someone you love!