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May is Action on Stroke Month, a campaign that aims to increase awareness of risk factors and help people understand the signs and symptoms of stroke.
Stroke happens when blood supply to the brain is restricted or stopped. When it does, brain cells begin to die, which can lead to serious complications including brain injury, disability and even death.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the UK behind heart disease and cancer. Strokes can happen at any age, though older people are most at risk, and if you are south Asian, African or Caribbean your risk is slightly higher.
While some risk factors can’t be eliminated, others can be managed. High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke and a risk factor that can be managed at least in part through lifestyle changes. Smoking, being overweight, lack of exercise, and unhealthy diet are also risk factors within our control.
Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels with medication can also substantially lower your risk of stroke, as well as taking anticoagulant medication if you have atrial fibrillation.
Many strokes are avoidable, which is why it’s key to recognise signs and symptoms before it’s too late. The FAST test can help you spot the signs of a stroke or mini-stroke in yourself and others. Look for:
Health Checks at YourGP
Keep your health in check and learn how to minimise the risk of stroke with our basic medical services.
We’ll give you a full health assessment and take into account any medications, medical history and lifestyle factors to help give you a full picture of your health and highlight any opportunities to improve your health.
To be able to attend a clinic where I am very obviously accepted by everyone there is a great start. To follow it with an hour with Dr Myskow listening, guiding and supporting me and my loved ones as I began to live my life for real as a Transman has made me feel less afraid or isolated