Stroke Awareness Month: Recognizing the Signs, Taking Action

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May is Stroke Awareness Month, and at The Grange Medical Practice, we’re dedicated to raising awareness about stroke prevention, recognition, and recovery. A stroke can happen to anyone, at any time, and it’s crucial to understand the signs and how to respond swiftly.

Understanding Stroke

A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. The brain cells, deprived of oxygen, begin to die, and brain damage can occur. Recognizing the signs of a stroke and getting immediate medical attention can save lives and improve recovery chances.

Recognize the Signs: FAST

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The acronym FAST is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of a stroke:

Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

Time: If you observe any of these signs, call emergency services immediately.

Prevention and Risk Factors

While some risk factors for stroke can’t be controlled, such as age and family history, many others can be managed through lifestyle changes:

Manage Blood Pressure: High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke.

Quit Smoking: Smoking accelerates clot formation and increases the amount of plaque buildup in arteries.

Healthy Diet: A diet low in sodium and high in fruits and vegetables can help prevent stroke.

Regular Exercise: Physical activity can help maintain a healthy weight and lower blood pressure.

Supporting Recovery

Recovery from a stroke can be a long and challenging journey. It’s important to:

Rehabilitation: Engage in physical, occupational, and speech therapy as needed.

Support Groups: Connect with others who have experienced a stroke.

Mental Health: Address emotional well-being, as depression is common after a stroke.

Together, we can make a difference in the fight against stroke. This Stroke Awareness Month, let’s educate ourselves and our loved ones about the risks and signs of stroke. For more information on stroke awareness and our events, visit our website or contact The Grange Medical Practice directly.

Remember, acting FAST can save lives and improve recovery. Let’s spread the word and save lives!