Make May Purple For Stroke Month

Make May Purple for stroke is an annual stroke awareness month, which takes place every May. This campaign is hosted by Stroke Association. Friends, families and communities come together and are invited to show their support for people who have been affected by a stroke. The primary aim of the campaign is to help raise awareness of strokes and support those who are suffering or may be at risk of a stroke. The theme of the campaign is based on wearing purple and helps stroke survivors regain their independence.


How can you get involved with Make May Purple?

• Every penny raised will help provide support to stroke survivors. You can wear purple to work, university, or even outside in your community wherever you are.

• All activities being turned purple during the month of May. Whether that means wearing purple for a few days, or hosting a dress down day at work or university, every purple event taken part in will make a real difference to the lives of stroke survivors.

• You can also sign up and receive a fundraising pack, which includes everything you will need to have fun whilst raising vital funds to support the stroke association and its quality of care for stroke patients.

• You can also even dye your hair purple, face paint etc.

• You can also spread the word on social media using the hashtag #MakeMayPurple support the campaign. • You can also wear something purple or take a photo of your purple fun and share it on social media #MakeMayPurple so your friends and family members can sponsor you. Try to get others involved. To find out more about how to get involved in the campaign visit https://www.stroke.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/make-may-purple


Stroke Association 

Stroke association are the UK’s leading stroke charity. They deliver stroke services across the UK , campaign for better stroke care, invest in research and fundraise to expand their reach to as many stroke survivors as possible. There are over 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK with 100,000 strokes happening in the UK every year. Stroke association believe strongly in the following

• Preventing strokes,

• Everyone having the right to make the best recovery they can after a stroke,

• Research has the power the save lives and ensure people make the best recovery they can from a stroke.


What is a stroke?

A stroke is a serious life threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off. A stroke is a brain attack where the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost. Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential. The sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen. If you suspect someone else is having a stroke call 999 immediately requesting an ambulance.


ACT F.A.S.T.

The main symptoms of stroke can be remembered with the word F.A.S.T.:

Face the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile, or their mouth or eye may have dropped.

Arms – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of weakness or numbness in one arm.

Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake.

Time – it's time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms.


Other stroke signs to look out for

• sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, including legs, hands or feet.

• difficulty finding words or speaking in clear sentences.

• sudden blurred vision or loss of sight in one or both eyes.

• sudden memory loss or confusion, and dizziness; or a sudden fall.

• a sudden, severe headache.


What are the causes of a stroke?

Like all organs, the brain needs the oxygen and nutrients provided by blood to function properly. If the supply of blood is restricted or stopped, brain cells begin to die. This can lead to brain injury, disability and possibly death. There are two main causes of strokes:

ischaemic – where the blood supply is stopped because of a blood clot, accounting for 85% of all cases. 

haemorrhagic where a weakened blood vessel supplying the brain bursts. 


What is a mini stroke?

There's also a related condition known as a transient ischaemic attack (TIA), where the blood supply to the brain is temporarily interrupted. This causes what's known as a mini-stroke, often lasting between a few minutes and several hours. Mini strokes should be treated urgently, as they're often a warning sign you're at risk of having a full stroke in the near future. Seek medical advice as soon as possible, even if your symptoms resolve.


What health conditions can increase your risk of a stroke?

• Heart Disease

• High Blood Pressure

• High Cholesterol

• Atrial Fibrillation

• Diabetes

• Obesity


Stroke Prevention Tips 

The best way to help prevent a stroke is to eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and avoid smoking and drinking too much alcohol as well as managing underlying conditions that increase your risk of a stroke such as high blood pressure. A low fat, high fibre diet is usually recommended including eating plenty of fruit and vegetables and wholegrains helps reduce your risk of developing a stroke. Regular exercise can help to maintain a healthy weight and lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of developing a stroke. Not smoking will help to improve your general health and reduce your risk of a stroke and developing other conditions such as lung cancer and heart disease. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to high blood pressure and weight gain. Do not drink over the recommended of 14 units per week to reduce your risk of developing a stroke.