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What is a Stroke?

●  A stroke is a brain attack. It happens when the blood supply  to  your brain is cut off.

●  Strokes can strike anybody without warning.

●  Over 65s are most at risk but children and babies can have  them  too.

●  In the UK someone has a stroke every 5 minutes.

●  Every stroke is different and people are affected in different  ways. They may have problems with one or more of the  following:  weakness, mobility, balance, swallowing,  bladder,bowels, speech, memory and language amongst others.

Stroke Prevention

The National Stroke Association “Stroke Prevention Guidelines” advise patients to:

●  Know your blood pressure, have it checked at least once a year

●  Find out if you have atrial fibrillation, which encourages the formation of blood clots that could cause a stroke

●  If you smoke, STOP

●  If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation

●  Find out if you have high cholesterol

●  If you have diabetes, take measures to control the condition

●  Include exercise in your daily routine

●  Eat a low-salt diet

●  Ask your physician if you have circulation problems that  could increase the risk of stroke

●  If you experience any stroke symptoms, including sudden  weakness of the face or a limb, a blurring of vision,  dizziness, or an intense headache, seek immediate medical  attention

●  High blood pressure is the leading cause of a stroke.

For further information visit the Stroke Association web site

Flying after a Stroke

If you have had a stroke and are considering a flight, the following link may be helpful:

Flying after a stroke – The hidden challenges

Sunflower Lanyard

If you wear a Sunflower lanyard, available free from most airport information desks and some supermarkets, staff will recognise that you may need some extra help without having to ask for it.

The following link may be of interest: