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Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke Awareness Month
Date published: 6 May 2021 Author: Izzi Parsonage Categories:

As one of the most life-threatening conditions you can experience, it’s little wonder that an entire month is dedicated to Strokes and how this can massively impact people’s lives. Throughout May, the condition will be put under the spotlight as researchers continue their pursuit in finding more effective treatment and care plans for sufferers of this heart-breaking ordeal. This is hugely important under normal circumstances, but the rise of the Coronavirus has increased the need for extensive research and analysis since key resources have been allocated to people suffering from the pandemic instead. 

Our Stroke live-in care professionals are currently helping many people carry on with their lives despite the limitations they may have incurred from the condition. Although this can prove to be a tragic turn of events for people, we are always adamant that you can still live fulfilling lives with the right Stroke support at your side. Now more than ever, we are being actively encouraged to monitor our health more regularly, so maybe take a moment to think about some of the problems you have experienced recently and decide whether they can be attributed to something like a Stroke. Here, we have broken down the condition and explained what this month will aim to accomplish in terms of spreading awareness. 

What is a Stroke?

A Stroke will occur when the blood supply into a part of your brain has been cut off. This will be a medical emergency and immediate attention will be required to minimise what can be hugely detrimental effects to your ability to move and speak correctly. The earlier you act, the less likely it will be for damage to become severe. 

Your organs need a consistent amount of oxygen to survive as well as the nutrients found in blood in order to work correctly. Once this has been restricted or even come to a complete halt, your cells found in the brain will start to deteriorate and eventually die out. The two most common Stroke causes are due to blood clots and when blood vessels burst. 

What are the Signs of a Stroke?

There are many key indicators that someone may be experiencing a Stroke, in which case you need to act fast to ensure they can receive the medical attention they need. One of the main symptoms would be their face appearing to drop onto one side, which may also cause them difficulty in smiling. They could also find it hard to lift their arms as they may be experiencing feelings of numbness. 

Speech is another simple thing they may struggle to perform, where they will likely provide a more slurred tone. In the worst cases, speech may even prove to be almost impossible, which can be hugely problematic if they are trying to explain something important. If anything like this happens, you need to call 999 right away. 

What is Stroke Awareness Month?

Throughout the entire month of May, there will be active campaigns which aim to spread some much needed awareness for the problems that come from Strokes. There has been a significant reduction in the funding being provided for important research, which means people who have been affected by the condition are being called upon to donate funds to ensure major breakthroughs can be made in the future. 

It can be as simple as a cake sale at school or a dress down day at work that helps raise lots of money for what is a massively important cause. If you want to take it up a notch with your contributions, then there will be tons of events held across the month where people can come together. One of the signature activities would be ‘Stride for Stroke’, where the challenge is to walk 1.2 million steps, which would be one step for each survivor of Strokes across the UK. 

Help raise awareness this month by joining in with major sporting activities coming up and using the hashtag #TeamStroke to show your support. Whether you have entered the Great North Run, the London Marathon or have committed to your own fundraising event, show people what you are standing for will go a long way to ensure this condition is given the exposure it needs for more funding.  


Are You at Risk of a Stroke?

Learn how to minimise risk where you can, how to spot a Stroke in progress, and how to deal with life afterwards in our free eBook ‘Are You At Risk Of Stroke?’.


If you would like to find out more or access our services, please visit promedica24.co.uk to use our online chat service. You can also get in touch with our team on 0800 086 8686 or by sending an email to care@promedica24.co.uk. If you’d like to assess your care and support needs rapidly online, we have a tool available for you to do this.

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