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Name Stroke
Related to/Also known as Subarachnoid Haemorrhage (SAH)

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Symptoms of Stroke

A stroke occurs because of disruption to the blood supply to a particular area of the brain, causing damage to that area of the brain.

• The British Deaf Association has information in BSL about Stroke.

FAST test

  • Face: Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?
  • Arms: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
  • Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?
  • Time: if you see any of these three signs, it's time to call 999.

 Source: Stroke Association

Types
  • Ischaemic Stroke - caused by an interruption to the flow of blood to the brain, and is the most common type.
  • Haemorrhagic Stroke - results from arterial bleeds, rather than obstructions to the blood flow.
  • Transient Ischaemic Attack (T.I.A.) - often called a mini-stroke, and can be warning symptoms leading to a full stroke.
Useful national contacts

 Legal Advice through The Brain Charity


Stroke Association
Link opens in new window www.stroke.org.uk
Helpline: 0303 303 3100
Find your local support group:
Link opens in new window https://tinyurl.com/y9opk5au
Stroke Friends: stroke and aphasia support group meets at The Brain Charity


Different Strokes
Provides support to families where either a child has had a stroke or a child is affected by the stroke of a parent
Helpline: 0845 130 7172
Link opens in new window www.differentstrokes.co.uk
Find your local support group:
https://tinyurl.com/yc727ob
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland
Freefone advice line nurses: 0808 801 0899
Link opens in new window www.chss.org.uk

Blood Pressure UK
Phone 020 7882 6218
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Link opens in new window www.bloodpressureuk.org

Children & young people

Different Strokes
Provides support to families where either a child has had a stroke or a child is affected by the stroke of a parent
Helpline: 0845 130 7172
Link opens in new window www.differentstrokes.co.uk
Find your local support group:
Link opens in new window https://tinyurl.com/yc727obs

Childhood stroke (Stroke Association)
There are over 400 childhood strokes a year in the UK, affecting babies [neonatal stroke], children and young people.
Link opens in new window www.stroke.org.uk/childhood-stroke

SameYou
charity for young adults with brain injury and stroke
Link opens in new window www.sameyou.org

All about stroke: information for children (Stroke Association)
Link opens in new window www.stroke.org.uk/resources/all-about-stroke-information-children

Online resources

Stroke and the coronavirus vaccine (Stroke Association)
Link opens in new window www.stroke.org.uk/finding-support/stroke-and-coronavirus-vaccine

Information on coronavirus for stroke survivors (Stroke Association)
Link opens in new window www.stroke.org.uk/finding-support/information-coronavirus-stroke-survivors

Coronavirus information for people affected by stroke (Stroke Association)
Link opens in new window www.stroke.org.uk/news/coronavirus-information-people-affected-stroke

Coronavirus information and support (Chest Heart & Stroke Scotlans)
Link opens in new window www.chss.org.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-advice

Wearing a mask or face covering (Stroke Association)
Link opens in new window www.stroke.org.uk/finding-support/wearing-mask-or-face-covering

How to do the FAST test
Link opens in new window https://youtu.be/-8saTsVFFr4 via @TheStrokeAssoc #ActFAST

Physiotherapy works: Stroke (Chartered Society of Physiotherapists factsheet)
Link opens in new window www.csp.org.uk/search/all/stroke

Writing Exercises For Stroke Patients to Improve Agraphia (FlintRehab)
Link opens in new window www.flintrehab.com/writing-exercise-for-stroke-patient

"Game your brain: the new benefits of neuroplasticity" (Wired magazine, May 2014)
Link opens in new window https://tinyurl.com/y7lrce46

"Stroke and migraine: is there a link?" (The Migraine Trust)
Link opens in new window http://tinyurl.com/y68u46pz

Reducing your risk of stroke: information for African and Carribean people (Stroke Association)
Link opens in new window www.stroke.org.uk/resources/reducing-your-risk-stroke-information-african-and-caribbean-people

Information in other languages (Stroke Association)
Link opens in new window www.stroke.org.uk/our-publications/information-other-languages

News and events Make May Purple (Stroke Assocation)
Link opens in new window www.stroke.org.uk/fundraising/make-may-purple
Our resources Can I tell you about having a Stroke? A guide for friends, family and professionals

The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Stroke and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

Visit our library to read Can I tell you about having a stroke? A guide for friends, family and professionals. by Lisa Yaylor. Or have a Link opens in new window look in your local library for this book.
Find this in a library at WorldCat.org