Stroke is caused by damage to the brain as a result of bleeding or interruption of the blood supply due to a blockage of the small arteries in the brain. Stroke consequently leads to loss of function in the affected part of the brain which is then reflected in the body. The larger the area involved, the greater will be the resulting loss of function.
Common results of stroke include paralysis to parts of the body; loss of sensation; speech problems when the stroke affects the left side of the brain; problems with swallowing which may be severe following the stroke; incontinence; mental and emotional problems which emerge as the person passes through various stages; mental functions can be impaired, such as concentration and memory; and most people who have had a stroke encounter chronic fatigue in the first year after it. Acute stroke is usually treated in hospital, where the exact cause is investigated. It is important to distinguish between a stroke that is due to a bleed or to a blocked artery, as the treatment will be different. The former requires blood pressure control, whereas a blockage of a small artery will require treatment to dissolve the clot.
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The Volunteer Stroke Scheme aims to help patients with speech and allied problems as a result of stoke. The scheme provides weekly clubs, in addition to social outings, short holiday breaks, relative support groups, counselling services and an annual newsletter.