Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke Awareness
Strokes can affect anyone at any time

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Strokes happen when part of the blood supply to the brain gets cut off. There are different kinds of strokes:

  • Ischaemic – caused by a blockage to the blood supply
  • Haemorrhagic – caused by bleeding in or around the brain.
  • Transient ischaemic attack – mini-stroke, where the symptoms last for a short period of time.


Around one in eight people die within 30 days of having a stroke, and knowing the symptoms can be a lifesaver.

The FAST approach helps you to determine whether someone has had a stroke – Face, is it right? Any drooping on one side can be an indication. Arm, has it lost strength? Speech – is it slurred? Time – dial 999 and ask for an Ambulance.

Reduce your risk – stroke awareness is vital

Age and lifestyle affect our body, and arteries become harder and narrower. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, smoking, alcohol and stress can all play a part.

A regular checkup with your GP can help pick up on any of these issues early on. But to make lifestyle changes you may need greater help.

As a Hypnotherapist and nutritional therapist, I have helped many people change their lifestyle choices. I can help you give up smoking. I can help you lose weight. Learn about what food groups to eat and those to avoid so you reduce your risk of diabetes. You can learn many stress relieving techniques which will help with your blood pressure and make better food choices.

If you have had a stroke, then the stroke mobility programme may be of benefit to you.

It is not a condition to take lightly. Having had a grandfather succumb to stroke due to smoking. I also have a mother who had high blood pressure. This led to a mini-stroke, which led her to a fall, which in turn went on to complications, which eventually turned to dementia. Changing one thing today can avoid a great deal of pain and problems later in life.

Also see Stroke Movement

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