Chronic Illness - Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA)

Overview

Individuals are followed up in our stroke clinic if they have had either a stroke in the past or suffer with transient ischaemic attacks (T.I.A. or mini-strokes).

The key aim of the clinic is to maximise the chances of PREVENTING a further stroke or mini-stroke.

There is lots of evidence that people who have a stroke or T.I.A. can significantly lower there risk of further heart or stroke related problems, if they lead healthy lifestyles and are treated with certain types of medication. During the clinic these issues can be discussed and a shared plan agreed. It will also be an opportunity to discuss any cardiovascular related concerns that you may have.

The Stroke/T.I.A. clinic

The clinic appointments will be sent out in the post and should this not be convenient then please contact the surgery to arrange another time. With the clinic letter, you will receive a blood form, which needs to be done at least one week before the clinic date to ensure all of the results are available. The blood tests, should be performed fasting (We advise not to eat or drink anything other than water from 10pm the night before your blood test) and we are looking for

  • Glucose. This is a check for diabetes.
  • Cholesterol. By keeping cholesterol as low as possible, the risk of further heart problems can be reduced.
  • Kidney function. This is because sometimes raised blood pressure and certain types of medicine can put extra strain upon the kidneys and it is important to check that they are working correctly.
  • Liver function. When on certain types of medication it is advised to check liver function once a year.

Keeping healthy

  • Attend the Stroke/T.I.A. clinic each year as this gives an opportunity for us to assess your up to date cardiovascular risk factors and advise accordingly.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle (further information can be found by clicking on the following links)
  • Take medication as prescribed.
    • If you have concerns about any of your cardiovascular medicines the stroke/T.I.A. clinic is a good time to discuss them.
    • Please don't stop taking any medication without consulting your doctor or nurse.
    • Make sure you have enough supplies of all your medication. Our policy is to only issue repeat prescriptions when 48hours has been allowed for them to be processed.
  • Ensure you attend for your annual flu jab (details here).

What if I suspect I am having a stroke?

The symptoms of a stroke can be very varied. It is however crucial to be aware of some of the common signs of a stroke as it is crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible. A stroke needs to be assessed and dealt with quickly and as such you should phone an ambulance if you suspect somebody of having a stroke.

For further information on the signs and symptoms of a stroke click here.
http://www.nhs.uk/Actfast/Pages/stroke.aspx

Further Information

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Stroke/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Forms

HBPM Leaflet and Diary.pdf