If you or a family member has suffered a stroke, you will know all too well the impact that they can have. Even those who are fortunate enough to survive a stroke will most likely see their quality of life permanently affected to a huge degree, with potential lasting effects such as paralysis, loss of vision, memory problems and a loss of feeling in one side of your body. Stroke victims who survive the attack will almost certainly require full-time care afterwards.
This infographic from Home Care Plus in Ireland gives a well-informed overview of stroke, outlining the main signs and symptoms, the most prominent risk factors, the likely consequences and tips for caring for stroke victims at home. It also covers the all-important FAST steps of recognising a drooping face and arm numbness, as well as noticing problems in speaking. If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to call the emergency services immediately. Quick action can make all the difference between life and death in a stroke situation.
Always keep in mind that prevention is far preferable to cure, and while there are some risk factors which cannot be changed (e.g. age, medical history), most of them are within our control. A healthy diet, regular exercise and a discontinuation of smoking are just some of the actions we can take to minimise our risk of stroke. Take just 5 minutes to read through this infographic; the information within it could make a huge difference to your life, or that of someone you know and love.