What is stroke?
A stroke is an attack on the brain that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is cut off. A stroke can affect how the body works, how you think and feel. There are three different types of stroke.
- Ischaemic stroke: caused by a blockage that is cutting off the blood supply to the brain. An ischaemic stroke is the most common type of stroke.
- Haemorrhagic stroke: caused by a bleeding in or around the brain.
- Transient ischaemic attack or TIA (otherwise known as a mini stroke): caused by a blockage, however, is only temporary so the symptoms last for a short amount of time.
The FAST test can help you recognise the symptoms of a stroke. Make sure you and your loved ones all know the FAST test.
- Facial weakness
- Arm weakness
- Speech problems
- See any of these signs? Time to call 999.
All strokes are different, they have different symptoms and different recovery rates. For some, they may be relatively minor but for others the problems may be more serious and last longer, making them more dependent on other people.
Make May Purple this Stroke Awareness Month 2021.
The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a severe drop in charitable income which has meant Stroke Association have had to cut their research budget in half. The research carried out by Stroke Association is at the centre of breakthroughs that can save and rebuild lives, impacting not only the minutes right after the stroke but right through to the years that follow.
How can you help?
Throughout the month of May, we are using social media to educate about stroke, and the impact of stroke research. If you want to get involved and help Save Research head to their website via the link below and sign up to a fundraising event – you could host a bake sale, have a dress down day, organise a clothes swap or run an auction!
“People can rebuild their lives after stroke but there is still much we don’t know. Research is crucial to find out why people are struggling and new ways to overcome the challenges they face every day.” – Dr Rubina Ahmed, Research Director at the Stroke Association.