During the month of May, people are coming together to raise awareness of life after stroke during Stroke Awareness Month.
And you can involved, too, by making May purple.
Call the Stroke Helpline on 0303 3033 100
A stroke is a brain attack, and happens when blood supply to part of the brain is cut off and results in brain cells dying. This damage can then cause the body to work in a different way.
There are also several types of stroke, specifically three; ischaemic strokes, haemorrhagic strokes and transient ischemic attacks.
And it’s important to know that there are different causes to stroke. From age, to medical conditions, or lifestyle factors, each could speed up the risk of having a stroke.
Although all strokes are different, they could be minor to severe, with some people in turn requiring support and care after stroke.
Unfortunately, one in eight people die within 30 days of having a stroke.
So, knowing the symptoms is imperative.
The main stroke symptoms can be remembered with the word FAST.
- FACE – on one side of a person’s face it may have dropped, meaning a person is unable to smile, or their mouth or eye may have drooped.
- ARMS – it is common for people to be unable to lift both arms and keep them elevated due to the weakness or numbness in one arm.
- SPEECH – this may become slurred or garbled, or the person may be unable to talk at all despite still being awake. Understanding what is being said to them may become challenging, too.
- TIME – if you notice any of the above symptoms, it is important to dial 999 as fast as possible.
Additional symptoms could also include dizziness and confusion, difficulty swallowing, a severe headache resulting in blinding pain, and loss of consciousness.
Thus, knowledge of stroke is imperative and why Make May Purple is so important.
There are many ways you can get involved with Make May Purple – and staying in line with COVID-19 restrictions.
From challenging friends and family to a virtual quiz, get creative with arts and crafts – bonus points for using as much purple as you can – to making some purple inspired tasty treats, and beyond.