Stroke or angin ahmar is the leading cause of death and disability in Malaysia. Increasingly, over 50,000 new cases of stroke are reported every year. 40% of those affected make up the Malaysian working force, and up to 70% of these individuals go through disability which decreases their ability to perform activities of daily living.
Learn about how to identify stroke signs and symptoms, knowing how to act F.A.S.T., and more, in our debut video edition of the Homage Web Series. Why F.A.S.T? You’ll have to find out together with our Homage Care Specialist, Nisha Andrea Raj, and Country Manager, PC Gan.
Nisha Andrea Raj is a staff nurse with over 10 years of experience in the stroke care unit in Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and Malaysia. She is now a resident Care Specialist at Homage.
[1:22] What is a stroke?| [1:45] What are signs of a stroke? | [1:56] FAST acronym to identify stroke | [2:51] How do I spot a stroke?| [3:45] What should I do during a stroke?| [4:25] How do I help someone during a stroke? | [4:38] What to do and what not to do | [5:08] The usual treatment plan for stroke patients | [6:26] The different types of therapy for stroke: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy | [7:33] What can a stroke patient do at home? | [8:25] Can a stroke patient recover completely?
Full transcript: here
- slurred speech: a symptom characterized by poor pronunciation of words, mumbling, or a change in speed or rhythm during talking.
- nasolabial folds: they are facial features commonly known as “smile lines” or “laugh lines“.
- ischemic stroke: this type of stroke is caused by a blockage in an artery that supplies blood to the brain. The blockage reduces the blood flow and oxygen to the brain, leading to damage or death of brain cells.
- hemorrhagic stroke: bleeding (hemorrhage) that suddenly interferes with the brain’s function.
- transient ischemic attack (TIA): it is a stroke that lasts only a few minutes. It happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is briefly blocked.
- physiotherapy: treatment to restore, maintain, and make the most of a patient’s mobility, function, and well-being.
- occupational therapy: therapy that focuses on holistic wellness as well as finer motor and cognitive skills.
- speech therapy: support in the management and treatment of various conditions affecting a person’s ability to speak, communicate, eat and drink.
Disclaimer: The health information is provided for general informational and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional health advice. To seek further medical advice for your medical condition, do consult your doctor or go to the nearest health institution to get assistance. This video only represents the speaker’s views on stroke care, prevention, and health.
If you or your loved ones need stroke care, reach out to our Care Advisors at 016-2992188