Six strokes in 10 days

PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:30 21 September 2016

A 48-YEAR-OLD who had six strokes in 10 days says awareness of the often-sudden illness could be the key to saving lives.

A 48-YEAR-OLD who had six strokes in 10 days says awareness of the often-sudden illness could be the key to saving lives.

NHS North Somerset has launched a campaign to make people aware of how to help someone who may be suffering from the brain attacks.

Health officials are helping to highlight the danger of mini strokes, or transient ischemic attacks as they are officially known.

Sally Mohan, who works for North Somerset Council's adult social services at Weston town hall, suffered from the strokes over a 10 day period in August and September last year.

She says awareness ranging from the patient to a passer-by is the key to making sure help is received as soon as possible.

Sally now suffers from short-term memory loss.

She said: "I had the strokes at home and at work and it wasn't until the third one that I called my GP.

"I should have just called 999 straight away, as the sooner someone gets help the better.

"I became aware of the symptoms through a television advert and it did make me realise what might have been happening.

"I think it's really good to make people aware of what could be happening - my biggest mistake was not calling 999."

Mini strokes occur when the brain's blood supply is interrupted for a brief time and are often an early signal of a more major attack.

Symptoms include temporary weakness on one side of the body, visual disturbance and slurred speech.

Next month North Somerset's Community Stroke Service will begin a training scheme for stroke survivors, resulting in a nationally-recognised qualification in personal development.

 

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