It can be hard for those without first-aid or medical training to spot a stroke or distinguish between a heart attack.
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The symptoms associated with TIA's or Minor Strokes are the same as for Major Strokes, but they may only last for a few minutes. They include any one or a combination of the following effects: Sudden numbness or a weakness in the face, arms or legs, especially on one side of the body, along with sudden trouble in speaking or understanding
The most common form of stroke. Caused by a clot causing the narrowing or blocking of blood vessels preventing blood from reaching particular areas of the Brain. This leads to the brain cells dying due to lack of oxygen.
This type of stroke occurs when a weakened blood vessel in the brain bursts causing the vessel to bleed into the brain and cause damage
These are similar to the previous strokes and have the same signs, but usually improve and get better over a 24 hour period. But these can often be a warning sign of an impending more serious stroke and it is vital to receive the same F.A.S.T. action.
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STROKES AND TIA's CAN HAPPEN TO ALL AGES
Sit them down and make the person comfortable.
Immediately Dial 999
Re-assure and ensure complete rest until the Ambulance arrives.
Keep warm but make sure they do not overheat.
Stay with them.
If someone else with you, pack them a small overnight bag including
Medications. Pyjamas; Underwear; Slippers; Washing kit and clothes to return home with.
Give them any drinks or food as swallowing may prove difficult and increase risk of choking.
Keep asking them questions, they may have difficulty speaking and the frustration of not being understood will increase stress and anxiety levels further.
Below are videos and information on how to help someone who is having a stroke.
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This video was shared by a stroke victim and his grandson in the hope it will help others.
the video shows a stroke actually happening whilst he is driving a car. Luckily the driver realised something was amiss and managed to stop the car quickly and prevented an accident.
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Remember the first 3 letters of the word Stroke.
S - Smile Ask them to Smile
T - Talk Ask them to Talk
R - Raise Ask them to Raise both arms and hold them up
Another way to spot a stroke is to ask them to stick out tongue. Look to see if it hangs to one side or looks crooked.
Replacing the word Smile with Facial Weakness, as sometimes the patient is able to smile when asked. Signs of Facial weakness can be a droopy or twitching eyelid; turned down corner of mouth; numbness or pins and needles; crooked tongue or even dribbling from one side of mouth.
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Many of us are now taught First-Aid as a requirement for work, and it is law to have a qualified first-aider in any office, factory or workspace that has more than five persons.
But as parents we should learn first-aid in case something happens to our children at home, on way to and from school or at the park.
Basic and advanced courses are cheap and regularly run by both the St. John Ambulance and the Red Cross. (see buttons below)
Everyone should learn basic first-aid, it could save a life !
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The new telephone number for NHS Direct Wales and Shropdoc GP out of hours services.