Be aware of stroke

2017-11-08 06:00

A stroke is reported to occur when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off, and without blood which carries oxygen, brain cells can be damaged or die.

Depending on which part of the brain is affected and how quickly the person is treated, the effects of a stroke can be devastating to a person’s body, mobility and speech, as well as how they think and feel.

When patients are cared for, supported in adhering to treatment and attend rehabilitation programmes, the negative impact of strokes can be minimised.

A stroke can happen to anyone at any age, and recovery is a gradual and demanding process, but family and community support is key for patients to recover.

It is due to the increased public health challenges caused by a stroke. that the Department of Health urges families and communities to support people suffering from strokes.

Patients and caregivers are encouraged to adhere to treatment and attend rehabilitation sessions in order to recuperate.

This message was emphasised on the launch of the World Stroke Awareness campaign on Wednesday (01/11), aimed at raising awareness about the symptoms of a stroke and the importance of treatment for recovery.

The Stroke Foundation reveals that many strokes can be prevented through healthy lifestyle changes and taking control of health conditions that raise one’s risk for a stroke.

Due to the fact of a stroke not being especially painful, patients may easily tend to ignore the symptoms.

  • Common symptoms of a stroke include sudden weakness or numbness in the face, an arm or leg, loss of speech, difficulty speaking or understanding speech, loss of vision, severe or unusual headaches, dizziness and trouble walking.- SAnews.gov.za; National Stroke Association

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