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Having a stroke at any point in your life can be hugely debilitating and often frightening. The after effects can include a number of issues, such as slurred speech, loss of the use of your arms, difficulty walking, and visual problems.

But perhaps the most difficult part of having a stroke is dealing with the psychological impact these things can have on you and those caring for you.

Coping with stroke can be challenging, but with the right support, information and guidance, life can go on with as little difficulty, and as much normality, as possible.

As an additional support, the right Critical Illness Cover could help you and your loved ones bear the brunt of a stroke without also having to worry about the financial impacts.

Think F.A.S.T.

You may have seen the adverts on T.V. informing you of how to recognise and react to stroke. This can be summed up as F.A.S.T –

  1. Face: the person’s face may look as though it has dropped on one side, and they may have difficulty talking or smiling.
  2. Arms: the person may experience weakness or numbness in one arm and be unable to move or lift it.
  3. Speech: their speech may be slurred or indecipherable, or they may not be able to speak at all.
  4. Time: dial 999 immediately if you see any or all of these symptoms.

What is a Stroke?

The symptoms of strokes of which we are most familiar are caused by a restriction of the flow of blood to the brain, causing brain cells to begin to die.

The restriction takes place within the blood vessels, and can be caused by a blood clot, as is the case in around 85% of incidents of strokes. It can also be caused by the bursting of a weakened blood vessel.

These two types of strokes are known as ischaemic and haemorrhagic, respectively.

A third type of stroke, sometimes referred to as a mini-stroke, is caused by a temporary loss of blood supply to the brain. This is called a Transient Ischaemic Attack, or T.I.A. These mini-strokes should be taken very seriously, as they can be a warning sign that you are at risk of a full stroke in the near future.

Strokes as an illness can affect anyone of any age group, including children, but the risk is higher in those with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation, or diabetes.

If you suffer from any of these higher-risk diseases, you could insure your future against diseases like stroke with ESMI. When you apply online, we won’t decline you for being in poor health, or charge you extra for any previous or underlying health conditions you have.

Stroke Treatment and Aftercare

Coping with stroke begins with the treatment and aftercare plan you receive following a stroke. Initial treatment will depend upon the type of stroke you experience and how soon the treatment is applied.

The usual course of action is medication which will dissolve any blood clots. Other medications could also be used which reduce blood pressure and reduce cholesterol. In some cases surgery may be necessary to reduce brain swelling or, in the case of haemorrhagic stroke, to reduce the risk of further strokes taking place.

Long-term damage following a stroke is almost inevitable, but patients will have access to care and support from a number of professionals. These could include physiotherapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, dietitians, specialist nurses, and doctors.

Coping with and recovering from stroke takes time and determination. Patients are always encouraged to participate as actively as possible in their own recovery process, working to reach set goals with the team surrounding them. Their job is to help you or your loved one to live as normally and independently as possible.

Keeping active and maintaining a positive outlook are essential elements to recovery, and can also greatly reduce the negative psychological impact that stroke can often have.

Guidance and Support

Seeking guidance and support from specialist charities and from fellow sufferers can be a particularly positive move in coping with stroke.

The main charities and societies dedicated to victims of stroke include the Stroke Association. They can help you find support in your local area, give you advice on managing daily life following a stroke, and help you on the path to returning to work.

The Stroke Association Helpline is open to stroke survivors, friends and family, and professionals working with stroke, to provide information and support.

You can call the Stroke Helpline on 0303 3033 100 or you can email them at info@stroke.org.uk

The Ripple Effect: The Further Impact of Stroke

Having a stroke will undoubtedly impact on a person’s ability to work for a number of months, no matter what industry they work in.

The potential effects of being unable to work can have a ripple effect, causing stroke sufferers extra financial stress and worry if they are unable to pay bills and provide for their families.

This could, furthermore, reduce that person’s feelings of self-worth and their overall health.

Stress, worry, and low self-esteem are not conducive to a fast and effective recovery, and so it is worthwhile to consider now how a critical illness like stroke could impact upon you and your family should you ever become a victim.

Critical Illness Cover – Insuring Your Future

Critical Illness Cover from ESMI is there to make sure that, should you fall victim to stroke, heart attack, cancer, or any other life-threatening illness, your family and financial interests will be protected.

ESMI are providers of guaranteed acceptance Life Insurance and Critical Illness Cover, insuring you for as little as 74p per day. Our online no obligation quote is short and simple, and does not include any health questionnaires.

Our aim is to provide straightforward insurance that you can rely on. We will never ask for a medical exam, and your medical history will not be considered in your application for either Life Insurance or Critical Illness Cover.

For further information on our policies, contact us on 0330 123 1030, or email us at info@getesmi.co.uk