FREE blood pressure checks at the healthy body company this week for National Stroke Week (Monday 12th September – Friday 16th September)
A stroke occurs when there is insufficient blood flow to an area of the brain. The affected brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. This can lead to a loss of speech, movement and/or memory. Stroke can occur at any age.
High blood pressure (hypertension) is the leading preventable risk factor associated with stroke!
A blood pressure reading of anything higher than 140/90 is considered hypertension. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause blood vessels to be damaged through increased strain and stress placed upon them and the heart. High blood pressure can also cause blood clots to form within arteries. If these clots travel to the brain, they may block blood flow.
Awareness is key for achieving the best possible outcome for anyone experiencing a stroke. The FAST campaign was developed to teach us the most common signs of stroke.
Face weakness: Asking the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arm weakness: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downwards?
Speech difficulties: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
Time to act: If you observe any of these signs, call 000 immediately
Think F.A.S.T and Act FAST!
Rehabilitation and Management
Exercise is a proven strategy for helping to control and in some instances lower blood pressure. It is beneficial for people with diagnosed hypertension, as well as people with pre-hypertension (higher than normal blood pressure, between 120/80 and139/89).
A stroke can affect the parts of the brain which control your arms and legs, and can lead to a reduction or loss of ability to use them. As a stroke effects the brain and not the muscles in the extremities, it is possible for the brain to “rewire”or “reorganise” itself to reconnect to these muscles (neuroplasticity), fundamentally bypassing the area effected by stroke, allowing rehabilitation to occur.
Exercise Physiologists and Physiotherapist are trained in the principles of neuroplasticity and can help target weaknesses cause by the stroke, as well as improve balance, coordination, fitness levels and reduce muscle and joint stiffness.
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