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  • Stroke
    • What is it?
      • A serious medical condition in which the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.
    • Symptoms
      • F.A.S.T.
        • Face - the face may have drooped on one side
        • Arms - may not be able to lift one or both arms
        • Speech - may be slurred
        • Time - to call 999
      • loss of vision
      • paralysis on one side of the body
    • Causes
      • family history
      • age
      • ethnicity
      • risk factors
        • smoking
        • high blood pressure
        • obesity
        • high cholesterol
        • high alcohol intake
    • Treatment
      • starts with a response to a 999 call
      • paramedics transfer patient to hospital for specialist treatment
      • given a brain scan (MRI or CT)
      • immediate access to a stroke care unit
      • given a multidisciplinary assessment
        • swallow screening included
      • rehabilitation
        • language therapist to help regain speech
        • physiotherapist to help overcome paralysis
        • occupational therapist to help them back into their normal routines at home
    • Impact on the patient
      • Physical
        • muscles on one side of the body are weakened
        • speech becomes difficult
      • Intellectual
        • may struggle to concentrate
        • will become more educated and aware of strokes and the symptoms
      • Emotional
        • struggle to digest what is happening to them
        • may show signs of depression
        • feeling of helplessness
        • extreme changes in mood
        • frustration
        • confusion
      • Social
        • may not want to take part in the activities they used to
        • routine will have to change - involving the input from the partner
        • may not be able to move in the same social circles they did
        • less confidence and so isolate themself
      • Financial
        • need to take time of work and therefore lose wages


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