STAFF at Basildon University Hospital who care for stroke patients met with visitors and staff to explain about prevention and treatment.
Therapists, nurses and dietitians ran an information stand with advice on how lifestyle choices can reduce the risk of stroke, how to spot the warning signs of stroke, and therapies and treatments for patients. They also offered blood pressure checks for visitors and demonstrated devices that help stroke patients exercise their hands.
Stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. The sooner a person receives treatment, the less damage is likely to happen, so it is important to be aware of the symptoms.
Conditions such as high blood pressure can increase the risk of stroke, and people can significantly reduce their chances of having a stroke by eating healthily, drinking alcohol in moderation, taking regular exercise and not smoking.
The event was part of the Stroke Association’s stroke awareness month.