World Stroke day was held last Saturday and with this in mind Dr Asem Ali at Scunthorpe Hospital is urging people to be aware of the signs of a stroke.
The specialist said strokes are treatable if people act fast and he and other health care professionals at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust are encouraging people to know the signs.
The stroke consultant said: “Everyone should know the signs of a stroke so they can act fast as early recognition can make a big difference.”
He said it was important for people to be aware of the signs of F.A.S.T. which stands for: F – face drooping; A – arm weakness; S – speech slurred and T – time to call an ambulance.
He added: “You can significantly reduce your risk of having a stroke through a healthy lifestyle, such as eating a healthy diet, taking regular exercise, drinking alcohol in moderation and not smoking. Lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels with medication also lowers the risk of having a stroke substantially, as does taking medication to prevent blood clots if you have an irregular heartbeat. Patients have access to a dedicated stroke team here, who are on hand to provide first class care.”