Stroke specialists from Medway Community Healthcare recently attended the BAE Systems Family Fun Day for staff and families to give advice on healthy living and stroke prevention as part of the wellness zone at the event.
On 30 June, the team of nurses, therapists and consultant practitioner spoke to over two-hundred people to explain stroke symptoms and ways to reduce their risk of stroke.
The team also checked people’s blood pressure and pulse rates to detect signs of high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation (an irregular pulse), the leading risk factors of stroke.
Fifteen people were detected to have one or both of these symptoms and were advised to see their GP.
A stroke occurs when the supply of blood to the brain is interrupted. They are more common in people aged over 65 but can happen at any age.
Trudie France, consultant stroke practitioner at Medway Community Healthcare, explained: “People with high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation may not notice any symptoms so the conditions can go undetected and, therefore, untreated.
“This event was a brilliant opportunity to raise stroke awareness among BAE Systems staff and their families and give people the opportunity to modify their lifestyle or get treatment from their GP to reduce their stroke risk.”
Julie Starling, occupational health manager at BAE Systems said: “We really appreciate the advice given to employees and their families by the stroke team; and we have had very good feedback from employees. BAE Systems has a close working relationship with local health promotion and screening services and we are grateful for all the support given in organising the wellness zone of our Family Fun day.”
If you suspect a stroke act FAST –
Face. The face may have fallen on one side, the person may not be able to smile or their mouth or eye may have drooped.
Arm: The person with suspected stroke may not be able to raise both arms and keep them there because of arm weakness or numbness.
Speech: There may be slurred speech.
Time: It is time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms.