- Has it dropped on one side?
- Is the person unable to smile?
- Has their mouth or eye dropped?
Being aware of the signs that someone is having a stroke could make all the difference in a medical emergency.
A stroke is a life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is restricted or stopped. A lack of oxygen and vital nutrients causes brain cells to die, which can result in long-term damage that affects the person’s cognitive and physical ability. The sooner the symptoms are spotted and treatment is received, the less damage is likely to happen.
From prevention to prescriptions, Hey Pharmacist is here to help. Remember, if you or someone you know has survived a stroke, Hey Pharmacist can make it easy to manage any repeat medications and have them delivered for free.
Every 5 minutes someone in the UK has a stroke. Think FAST to spot the warning signs of a stroke:
If the answer is ‘yes’ to these signs and symptoms, it’s time to act!
If you’ve spotted the signs that someone might be having a stroke, it’s vital that they receive treatment as soon as possible in order to limit the damage. here’s how to react:
70% of strokes could be prevented by detecting and managing medical conditions such as:
There are also a number of lifestyle changes you can make to limit the risk of a stroke:
These will help lower the risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and prevent your arteries becoming clogged with fatty substances, which can increase the risk of stroke.
Ensure friends and family are aware of the signs and symptoms of stroke, and understand the importance of reacting quickly in a medical emergency, by sharing this guide.