How we respond to a Stroke

A Community First Responder treats a patient who has had a stroke

What is a stroke? 

A stroke is a serious, life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.  It is the third biggest cause of death in Scotland and the most common cause of life altering, complex disability.  Most strokes occur in people older than 65, but they can occur at any age. 

If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance. 

Types of stroke 

There are three different types of stroke: 

  • Ischaemic stroke - caused by a blockage cutting off the blood supply to the brain. This is the most common type of stroke.
  • Haemorrhagic stroke - caused by a bleeding in or around the brain.
  • Transient ischaemic attack or TIA is also known as a mini-stroke. It is the same as a stroke, except that the symptoms only last for a short amount of time. This is because the blockage that stops the blood getting to your brain is temporary. 

How do we treat a stroke? 

If we suspect a stroke, our staff will measure your blood glucose and carry out a FAST test.  We will then convey you to the appropriate care facility for further treatment.