From 1 July 2022, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will be dissolved, and Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) will take over the responsibility for NHS functions and budgets. We will become part of NHS Humber and North Yorkshire ICB. You can continue to use this website to find the information you need, which remains relevant for the Hull area.

Stroke patient information pack

Download the stroke patient information pack.

A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. This is caused either by a blockage of a blood vessel or bleeding (a burst blood vessel). Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential. The sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.

If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.

Symptoms of a stroke

The main symptoms of stroke can be remembered with the word F.A.S.T.

  • Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile, or their mouth or eye may have dropped.
  • Arms – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of weakness or numbness in one arm.
  • Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake.
  • Time – it’s time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms.

Effects of a stroke

The effects of a stroke depends on how much damage has occurred and what part of the brain has been affected. Common side affects may include:

  • The loss of use and altered sensation down one side of the body.
  • Difficulties with communication skills including understanding and talking.
  • Changes to eyesight.
  • Problems carrying out everyday tasks such as problem solving or every day activities.
  • Problems with swallowing.

Risk Factors

There are some common problems which can increase the risk of having a stroke. These include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation)
  • Smoking
  • Heart and vascular disease
  • High alcohol intake.
  • Patient information pack

Hull and East Riding Stroke Information Services have produced a handbook which will help to identify personal risk factors and help individuals to reduce the risk of having a stroke through lifestyle changes or appropriate treatment. The booklet will also allow individuals, their family and health care professionals to record care following a stroke.
Download the patient information pack.

To read more about causes and treatment of strokes visit the NHS Choices site here.

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