What is Stroke?
It occurs when there is a damage to the brain from interruption of its blood supply.
Can physiotherapy help people with stroke?
Yes. Physiotherapists are involved early in the management of people with stoke with the aims of preventing complications, minimising impairments and maximising functions.
What are the causes of stroke?
High blood pressure
A type of irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation (AF)
Excessive alcohol intake
Overweight or obesity
Inadequate physical activity
Taking anticoagulant medicines
Previous brain/head injury
How do I know if I have a stroke?
You will experience the following symptoms:
- Sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis in their face or limbs, particularly down one side of their body
Problems with concentration or memory
Trouble talking or understanding what is being said to them
Unsteadiness or a sudden fall
Difficulty with coordination and balance
Sometimes a seizure (fit) or loss of consciousness occurs
A person may feel sick and look pale and unwell
A complain of a sudden headache or dizziness
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