The Stroke Association are the UK’s leading charity dedicated to conquering stroke. A stoke is a brain attack, it happens when part of the blood supply to your brain is cut off. There are two types of stroke: Blood carries essential nutrients and oxygen to your brain. Without blood your brain cells can be damaged or die. This damage can have different effects, depending on where it happens in your brain. A stroke can affect the way your body works as well as how you think, feel and communicate.
Most strokes are caused by a blockage cutting off the blood supply to the brain. This is an ischaemic stroke.
However, strokes can also be caused by a bleeding in or around the brain. This is a haemorrhagic stroke.
A transient ischaemic attack or TIA is also known as a mini-stroke. It is the same as a stroke, except that the symptoms only last for a short amount of time. This is because the blockage that stops the blood getting to your brain is temporary.
Can you recover from stroke?
All strokes are different. For some people the effects may be relatively minor and may not last long. Others may be left with more serious problems that make them dependent on other people.
Unfortunately not everyone survives – around one in eight people die within 30 days of having a stroke. That’s why it’s so important to be able to recognise the symptoms and get medical help as quickly as possible.
The quicker you receive treatment, the better your chances for a good recovery.
Make sure you know how to recognise the symptoms of stroke.
The Liverpool Stroke recovery service provides stroke survivors and their families with practical, social and emotional support following a stroke. The coordinators offer a person centred approach to identify what is important to the stroke survivor following their stroke. Together they will then work to meet the short and long-term needs the stroke survivor has identified. The service offers stroke survivor’s access to peer support groups, where they can meet other people who have suffered a stroke and talk through commons concerns or feelings they might have. The service has a qualified counsellor who can help the stroke survivors and families come to terms with what has happened and support them to build emotional resilience.