‘Stroke is Treatable’ message on world stroke day
Clinicians at Airedale Hospital are supporting World Stroke Day on 29 October by sharing the message that stroke is treatable.
Stroke is the leading cause of death globally. Every two seconds, someone has a stroke, and unfortunately, many do not receive proper stroke care. One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime. However, with proper care, stroke is treatable and preventable. In the UK the National Stroke Strategy means that stroke services are organised to provide the best possible outcome after stroke.
Dr Eman Abdus Sami, Stroke Consultant and Clinical Lead at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the second leading cause of death globally. Stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off which can cause brain cells to be damaged or die. Stroke can affect people’s body, mobility, speech and how survivors think and feel.
“However, stroke is treatable. Specialised stroke unit care, as provided by the expert stroke and rehabilitation team at Airedale, increases the chance of a good outcome for stroke patients. Rehabilitation is a crucial part of the treatment process, to help improve function and regain as much independence as possible.”
Dr Muhammad Sohail Hassan, Consultant in Stroke Medicine at Airedale said: “Recognising the signs of stroke early, treating it as a medical emergency and access to the best professional care can substantially improve people’s outcomes.
“People should remember the word FAST to help them to recognise the signs of a stroke:
Time to call an ambulance.”
Lifestyle changes can be an important factor in preventing stroke, such as giving up smoking, taking regular exercise and eating a low-salt diet.
New Community stroke service
A new service has been launched to support people who have had hospital treatment for a stroke when they are discharged from hospital.
It is led by a multi-disciplinary team who work in both the community and hospitals and started from 1 October to give stroke patients in the Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven the rehabilitation they need to help them make a better recovery.
The team includes a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, a speech and language therapist, a psychologist and three trainee assistant practitioners who work across all therapies.
The service has been commissioned by Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group to help stroke patients continue with therapy programmes when they leave hospital and improve their quality of life.
One of the team leaders for the community stroke team, Carol Blackwell from Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our aim is to help people who have had a stroke to make the best possible recovery so that they can take part in everyday activities living at home.
“We also educate them about how to avoid having another stroke. For example, one patient we helped had visual disturbance on his left side and we helped him to be able to cope with it better. Many people that we see have hidden disabilities such as cognitive or memory problems and we can offer extra support.”
For more information about stroke prevention, please speak to your GP or go to www.stroke.org.uk