NHS Tayside supports World Stroke Day

MAIN - NHS Tayside supports World Stroke Day
l-r Susan Bennett from Stroke Association, Mairi Stirling stroke research nurse, Dawn Grogan senior MCN administrator and Tracey Gellatly MCN coordinator

The NHS Tayside Stroke Managed Clinical Network (MCN) promoted global World Stroke Day by hosting an awareness stand in the main concourse.

The theme for this year’s awareness day was focused on recovery with the slogan ‘Up Again After Stroke’ promoting the message life after stroke won’t be quite the same but, with the right care and support living a meaningful life is still possible.

Stroke MCN coordinator Tracey Gellatly said, “Lots of people came to chat to us about risk factors for stroke, signs and symptoms of stroke as well as the support that may be needed after a stroke occurs for both the individual and their family and carers.

“We had information from both The Stroke Association and Chest Heart & Stroke available on the day along with a display of artwork from Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust which works with patients with a variety of long term conditions, including stroke patients.”

Stroke can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any age – from babies to children and teens to the elderly. It’s estimated that one in six people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime and stroke is still a leading cause of death across the world. It is also one of the leading causes of ongoing disability among stroke survivors.

Recognising the signs of stroke and getting medical help fast is one of the best ways to improve the outcome of a stroke.

The FAST acronym aims to help people to recognise the symptoms of stroke and stands for Facial weakness, Arm weakness, Speech problems, Time to call 999.

Around four in five people will have one or more FAST symptoms when having a stroke.  Other symptoms include sudden loss of vision or blurred vision, sudden weakness on one side and sudden memory loss.

Most strokes can be prevented. Although you cannot change some of the things that increase your risk of stroke, like your age, there are others that you can change. There are six simple things you can do to reduce your risk:

  1. Manage your medical conditions such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes
  2. Stop smoking
  3. Drink less alcohol
  4. Maintain a healthy weight
  5. Do more exercise
  6. Eat a healthy diet

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