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Anni Reid from Stroke Awareness visits EAVA FM

Added: Friday 13th April 2012 09:22:52 AM

Anni Reid from Stroke Awareness visits EAVA FM

On Tuesday 27th March 2012 Anni Reid from Stroke awareness Project and Surbhi who is recently recovering stroke came in to talk with us about the signs and symptoms to be aware of when dealing with a stroke.

Anni has been working in the T.I.A. clinic and she has a questionnaire that she has been asking people to see why there are delays in getting medical attention and to understand why people aren't visiting the hospital quick enough following the onslaught of a stroke. She has a simple but powerful message for all of our EAVA listeners "STROKE KILLS, ACT FAST". She says going straight to A&E or dialling 999 will direct you to the T.I.A. clinic where quick medical attention will be provided.

Anni says that the T.I.A. Clinic is open 365 days of the year and by attending the clinic early enough they would be able to provide people with MRI tests, blood tests and a carotid scan.

What is F.A.S.T.?

F.A.S.T. is the initials for an assessment of three specific symptoms of stroke.

Facial weakness - Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped? Or loss of vision

Arm (or leg) weakness - Can the person raise both arms?

Speech problems - Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?

Time to call 999 (or go straight to A&E)

Annie says that it’s important to get to the hospital as quick as possible. If it’s a stroke you really need to get there within 1 hour ideally or 3 hours maximum otherwise you can’t have the clot busting drug that stops the symptoms getting worst.

We asked her, why it was so important?

"Because the drug is not effective after this time." She can’t stress enough the importance of getting to the hospital as quickly as possible because strokes continue develop over 24 hrs.

Our special guest Surbhi who knows firsthand the dangers of a stroke wrote a special acrostic poem that was written on Valentine’s Day, the same day she was admitted into hospital.

Valentines Day

Valentines visit at LRI
Arriving in an ambulance
Landing on the third floor ward 25
Enveloping in the world of doctors, nurses and ward staff
Not understanding the medical terms
Thinking but not deciphering
Immediately guessing the worst as being inquisitive
Not questioning the medical decision and accepting the professionals recommendations
Ensuring and promising to get better
Staying in the hospital to be on demand


During days and nights duties are performed by the angels who are blessings in disguise
All in all receiving excellent care
You cannot praise ward 25 enough.

Surbhi's had some advice to give to everyone: Keep active, check your blood pressure, and eat well.

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