What is Stroke?
Stroke is a brain attack. It occurs when brain cells clot or burst
Types of Stroke
There are different types of stroke.
An Ischaemic stroke is caused by a blockage of blood supply to the brain.
A Haemorrahagic stroke is caused by bleeding in or around the brain.
No matter the type of stroke, it affects not just how your body works, but how you think, feel, and communicate.
What to do when you have a stroke?
No one is prepared for a stroke. But how fast you receive medical help will determine the chances of good recovery.
At The Hospital
A series of scans and tests will be carried out to find out more about the stroke and how best to treat it.
If your stroke is caused by a blood clot, you may be given a drug to disperse the clot. This is best done within four and a half hours of your initial stroke symptoms.
After accessing the severity of the stroke, the hospital may ward you from a few days to many weeks. Every stroke is different and recovery will differ from patient to patient. Don’t compare, instead focus on motivating your recovery. When you are medically cleared for exercise practise what your therapist has shown you repeatedly. It takes time, patience and support from those around you to relearn important life skills.
There will be good days and bad. There will be days you will feel like giving up. Focus on the progress you’ve made, no matter how small it may seem to you and be proud of it. Remember, every little bit adds up. Constantly encourage yourself. You’ve just gone through a life-changing trauma. Believe that you will get better.
Stroke is preventable. Reduce your stroke risk:
1. Manage medical issues
2. Stop smoking
3. Drink less alcohol
4. Keep a healthy weight
5. Exercise daily
6. Eat healthy
Stroke can strike anyone at anytime. Know your risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetes, atrial fibrillation and high cholesterol. These are risk factors that can be managed.