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Act F.A.S.T to Save a Life: Recognizing the Signs of Stroke

by | Jul 6, 2023 | Community, Stroke

Stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted, either by a blockage in a blood vessel (ischemic stroke) or by bleeding in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). 

When blood flow to the brain is interrupted, brain cells begin to die within minutes, which can lead to lasting brain damage, disability, or even death.

 The signs of a stroke can vary depending on the part of the brain that is affected, but some common signs to look out for include:

  1. Sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  2. Sudden vision changes or trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  3. Sudden severe headache with no known cause
  4. Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking, or understanding speech
  5. Loss of balance or coordination, difficulty walking or dizziness

It is important to note that these symptoms can occur suddenly and without warning, so it’s important to act quickly if you or someone you know experiences any of these signs. 

The acronym FAST can help you remember the signs of a stroke and what to do:

F – Face drooping 

A – Arm weakness 

S – Speech difficulty 

T – Time to call Emergency Services

Prompt medical attention is critical for anyone experiencing symptoms of a stroke, as quick treatment can help to minimize the damage to the brain and improve the chances of a full recovery. Treatment may include medication to dissolve blood clots, surgery to repair ruptured blood vessels, or rehabilitation to help patients regain lost function.

Getting a stroke is often a shocking and difficult experience for parties involved. It need not be a lonely one too. There are numerous in depth resources from the Singapore National Stroke Association offering advice and information about the matter, as well as support groups for stroke survivors and their caregivers. 

Some of the support groups available in Singapore for stroke patients and the families are:

Stroke Support Station: This is a community-based rehabilitation centre that provides support and resources for stroke patients and their families and caregivers. They offer various programs and services such as caregiver training, support groups, and social activities. Tel : 6473-3500

Singapore National Stroke Association: This is a non-profit organization that aims to raise awareness about stroke prevention and provide support to stroke patients and their families. They offer various programs and services such as stroke prevention education, support groups, and caregiver training. Tel: 8125-1446

Stroke Support Group is a platform for persons with stroke and caregivers to meet informally to participate in social activities and share their experiences with one another. Tel: 6222-9514

Stroke patients and their families can connect with others going through similar experiences and receive emotional support through these support groups. They also offer educational resources and information on stroke prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. 

Do reach out for support if you need help. You are definitely not alone!

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