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Stroke Awareness Month 2023

1st – 31st May is National Stroke Awareness Month (UK). The purpose of this awareness month is to raise funds to support the amazing work of the Stroke Association, a leading UK charity.

Stroke facts & statistics

Here we have some of the key facts and statistics:

  • Every 5 minutes, someone in the UK will experience a stroke
  • 1.3 million people in the UK are stroke survivors
  • Each year 100,000 people in the UK will have a stroke

A stroke happens when blood flow to part of the brain is interrupted which is a potentially life threatening medical emergency. This could be caused by a blood clot (ischemic stroke) or a blood vessel bursting (hemorrhagic stroke).

The recommended ways to decrease the risk of this happening to you include healthy eating, exercise and limiting alcohol intake.

Symptoms of stroke

Knowing how to recognise the symptoms and warning signs of a stroke could help you to save someone’s life. The sooner someone in this situation receives medical help, the better their chance of recovery will be.

The NHS states that the best way to remember the main symptoms is to use the word FAST.

F – Face: A main warning sign is if the person’s face has drooped on one side, they can’t smile or their mouth or eye has drooped

A – Arms: Can the person lift both arms and keep them up? (Arm weakness in 1 side of the body may prevent this)

S – Speech: Is their speech slurred or hard to understand? (They may also find it difficult to understand what you are saying)

T – Time: Immediately call for an ambulance by dialling 999 if you notice any of the above symptoms.

In the months following this, longer lasting symptoms can be present including:

  • Paralysis
  • Vision loss
  • Brain damage
  • Muscle numbness or weakness
  • Problems with memory and concentration
  • Issues with spatial awareness
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Incontinence
  • Difficulty communicating (aphasia, dysphasia, dysarthria)
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Lung damage
  • Pneumonia (caused by lung damage)

There are several medical conditions that can be considered risk factors including:

Make May Purple 2023

You may have seen the purple awareness ribbon before and in May the Stroke Association takes this one step further. This month we are encouraged to ‘Make May Purple’ to raise awareness. We can do this by wearing purple clothes, organising purple themed events and more.

This year another key campaign being launched this month is “A-what sia? Let’s talk aphasia”. Aphasia is a longer lasting symptom that means you have trouble with language or speech. This can affect:

  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Writing
  • Typing

There are lots of ways to get involved this month to raise awareness and funds. You can:

  • Request a fundraising pack to organise your own event to raise money
  • Join the national fundraising challenges and share your experience using #TeamStroke on social media
  • Play the weekly lottery or raffle to win prizes and support survivors
  • Make a donation to help charities provide emotional and financial support to families across the UK

Can I get life insurance after a stroke?

YES – It is understandable that you might be worried your health might prevent you from getting the cover you need to protect your loved ones. We are proud to have supported hundreds of people in finding suitable and affordable life insurance after a stroke.

Even you still experience symptoms or you are fully recovered, our experts will be able to help. To find out more you can speak to our team by calling 0800 009 6559 or by filling in our quick easy quote form.

More about LIFE INSURANCE.

More about LIFE INSURANCE AFTER A STROKE.

Useful resources

NHS – Stroke

British Heart Foundation (BHF) – Stroke – causes, signs and symptoms

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