What is a stroke?

A stroke is a serious life-threatening condition that needs emergency medical treatment as soon as it occurs. The sooner the person suffering from a stroke receives treatment, the less damage is likely to occur. It’s estimated that 100,000 people have a stroke every year. In the UK, there are 1.2 million stroke survivors.

It’s important for people to be able to recognise a stroke as soon as it happens, so they can call 999. Because of that, the NHS developed a handy acronym to remember the systems: FAST.

  • Face: the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile, or their eye or mouth may droop, especially on the left-hand side.
  • Arms: the person may not be able to lift both arms or feel a weakness or numbness in one of their arms.
  • Speech: their speech may be slurred or garbled, or they may not be able to talk at all or understand what is being said to them.
  • Time: a reminder that it’s now time to dial 999 if any of these symptoms occur.

A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Strokes can happen at any age, but the majority occur after the age of 55. The risk of strokes increases as you get older from there. 

There are two types of strokes, each with their own causes. The first and most common is an ischaemic stroke which happens when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. This will usually occur in places where arteries have been narrowed over time from fatty deposits.

How can medical cannabis help with strokes?

Symptoms of a stroke can last for the rest of the person’s life in one way or another. In some cases, medical cannabis has been known to help manage the symptoms, in particular chronic pain and insomnia.

For people suffering from stroke recovery who are not getting adequate relief from traditional medicine, medical cannabis can be an alternative route. 

For advice on whether medical cannabis treatment might suit your own or a loved one’s needs, we at The Medical Cannabis Clinics offer treatment plans and private care for patients through online video link consultations.  Our expert specialist doctors can guide you through the treatment options available from the clinic.

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