This month is the Stroke Association’s ‘Make May Purple’ month, which aims to raise awareness of strokes and highlight the symptoms.
People over the age of 55 are at a greater risk of having a stroke as the arteries become narrower and harder as we get older.
Having medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and atrial fibrillation can also increase your risk of a stroke.
Lifestyle can also increase your risk of a stroke as smoking, drinking too much alcohol, being overweight and eating unhealthy foods can damage blood vessels and increase blood pressure, making your blood more likely to clot.
If you or an elderly loved-one experiences weakness or numbness down one side of your body, including legs, hands or feet, this could be a symptom of a stroke. You may also experience difficulty finding words or speaking clearly, blurred vision or loss of sight, memory loss or confusion and a sudden, severe headache or dizziness.
A person who is suffering from a stroke will find it difficult to smile as their face may fall on one side. They may also find it difficult to raise both arms and keep them there.
If any of these symptoms occur, then you need to dial 999 immediately.
*Thank you to www.stroke.org.uk for the information