Understanding the importance of recognising, treating and preventing stroke
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Understanding the importance of recognising, treating and preventing stroke

Hayley Chauhdry Senior lecturer in adult nursing, Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences, Sheffield Hallam University, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To refresh your knowledge of the risk factors for stroke

  • To recognise the signs and symptoms of a stroke and the importance of early treatment

  • To learn about the various treatment options available for a person who has experienced a stroke

Stroke is a medical emergency, resulting in a significant number of annual deaths in the UK and representing a major cause of disability. Early recognition of the signs and symptoms of stroke is vital to ensure effective and potentially lifesaving treatment. It is important that nurses are able to recognise the risk factors for stroke, as well as being aware of the potential treatment modalities. This article details the signs and symptoms, and risk factors for stroke, as well as outlining the treatment options. The author also explains the important role of nurses in stroke prevention and the long-term care of people who have experienced a stroke and their family members.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11596

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Chauhdry H (2021) Understanding the importance of recognising, treating and preventing stroke. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11596

Published online: 11 October 2021

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