The Good Care Group carers are highly trained in recognising and responding to the symptoms of stroke. Stroke is a medical emergency and by treating it as such we are able to ensure rapid medical attention and improved outcomes for people.
3,000 heart attack and stroke victims a year are suffering delays being admitted to hospitals after falling ill at weekends, because NHS services are not working round the clock, a new report suggests. Senior doctors last night warned that patients are dying needlessly because of poor access to GPs and out-of-hours services failing to detect emergency cases which should be sent to hospital. New analysis of national NHS data shows a steep drop in the number of cases being admitted to hospital as an emergency at weekends, and a still sharper fall in the number who were sent there by GPs. The figures suggest that each year, 3,144 patients suffering from heart attacks and strokes end up suffering a delay of at least 24 hours being admitted to hospital, because their case was not identified as an emergency.
Researchers from the Yale School of Public Health have discovered a link between cold weather and risk of stroke – the study results showed that cooler temperatures and variation in temperature meant people were more likely to suffer a fatal stroke.
With around 152,000 people in the UK suffering fatal or disabling strokes every year, experts are always looking at ways to cut the risk of stroke. A recent study has suggested that taking a 90 minute stroll everyday could cut men’s risk of stroke by up to a third, with the length of time spent actually walking more important than the speed.
Every five minutes, someone in the UK has a stroke. Even though strokes can happen to anyone at any time of life, most strokes occur in elderly people. Of the 130,000 people who have strokes in England and Wales each year, only 10,000 occur in people under retirement age.