What is it?
A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.
If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.Information:
Causes of a stroke
Like all organs, the brain needs the oxygen and nutrients provided by blood to function properly.
If the supply of blood is restricted or stopped, brain cells begin to die. This can lead to brain injury, disability and possibly death.
Certain conditions increase the risk of having a stroke, including:
- high blood pressure (hypertension)
- high cholesterol
- irregular heart beats (atrial fibrillation)
Recovering from a stroke
People who survive a stroke are often left with long-term problems caused by injury to their brain.
Some people need a long period of rehabilitation before they can recover their former independence, while many never fully recover and need ongoing support after their stroke.
Some people will continue to need some form of care or help with their daily activities.
Preventing a stroke
You can significantly reduce your risk of having a stroke by:
- eating a healthy diet
- taking regular exercise
- following the recommended guidelines on alcohol intake
- not smoking
How can Vista Wellbeing help?
Vista Wellbeing’s Clinical Director (Anita Griggs) is a trained Level 4 Exercise Specialist. Anita will be able to determine what type of exercise programme might be suitable for you – and she can liaise with your health professionals as well if required.
Vista Wellbeing offers a range of indoor and outdoor activity sessions.
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