What you need to know about STROKE!

Let us talk about Stroke.
A stroke is a “brain attack”. It can happen to anyone at any time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost.

How a person is affected by their stroke depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged. For example, someone who had a small stroke may only have minor problems such as temporary weakness of an arm or leg. People who have larger strokes may be permanently paralyzed on one side of their body or lose their ability to speak. Some people recover completely from strokes, but more than 2/3 of survivors will have some type of disability.

 

MYTH AND FACTS ABOUT STROKE

 

MYTH: Stroke cannot be prevented.

FACT: Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable.

 

MYTH: There is no treatment for stroke.

FACT: At any sign of stroke call 9-1-1- immediately. Treatment may be available.

 

MYTH: Stroke only affects the elderly.

FACT: Stroke can happen to anyone at any time.

 

MYTH: Stroke happens in the heart.

FACT: Stroke is a “brain attack”.

 

MYTH: Stroke recovery only happens for the first few months after a stroke.

FACT: Stroke recovery is a lifelong process.

 

MYTH: Strokes are not hereditary.

FACT: Family history of stroke increases your chance for stroke.

 

MYTH: If stroke symptoms go away, you don’t have to see a doctor.

FACT: Temporary stroke symptoms are called transient ischemic attacks (TIA). They are warning signs prior to actual stroke and need to be taken seriously.

 

LEARN THE SIGNS OF STROKE

Use the FAST Technique.

FACE:

Ask the person to smile.

Does the face look uneven?

 

ARMS:

Ask the person to raise both of their arms.

Does one arm drift down?

 

SPEECH:

Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase, such as ” The grass is green”

Does their speech sound strange?

 

TIME:

If you notice any of these signs, call an emergency line or…

You can call us on (+234) 09 – 290711.

 

Remember… unless you find the driver of bad movement, and find the thing that changes it, you are just guessing

WE CAN HELP.

 

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