When Gloria Hunniford road husband Stephen stumbled into her room one afternoon with a shoe and dragging it say, far from thinking he was drunk, she instinctively knew she was having a stroke.
“Stephen collapsed on the bed and muttered something about his feeling left arm as wool and alarm bells cotton started ringing,” says Gloria, who at the time was a few minutes to leave Kent house the couple will go to present the One Show.
Without hesitation Gloria, 76, rang his doctor who told him that Stephen, then 72, directly aa & E. Luckily his driver and was waiting outside for take her to study. however, the three of them accelerated directly to the hospital.
were seen by a doctor 20 minutes after it was confirmed that Stephen, a former hairdresser of the stars, had indeed suffered a small stroke. There are two types of stroke :. 85 percent are ischemic strokes, where a clot in a blood vessel oxygen to the brain stops
The remaining 15 percent are hemorrhagic and occur when blood from a damaged rupture of blood vessels in the brain . “The strange thing was that Stephen was completely lucid and could still talk to me,” says Gloria the incident that took place four years ago.
“even though it was a little disoriented and his left leg was starting to feel numbness too.” Concerned more damage could be done to the brain, the doctor asked Stephen to his consent to thrombolysis, a procedure involving an immediate injection of anticoagulant drugs, explaining that it was only effective within four-anda half hours after a stroke, and came with a risk-seven percent of cause dangerous bleeding in the brain.
“It was very frightening but both agreed that the injection would give Esteban the best result,” says Gloria, who was more than familiar with the symptoms and dangers of stroke after losing her beloved father Charles to one .
The only legacy of his blow now a tingling occasionally on his left side. “It was very lucky,” says Gloria. “We got the treatment as soon as possible I know that is absolutely essential after a stroke.” I do not even want to imagine what could have happened, even if he had become ill, once he had left that day for the study. “
Stephen had suffered a mild heart attack a few years earlier but it was not an obvious candidate stroke as blood pressure and cholesterol were both normal. He rarely drank and had always been very quiet and active. “it just goes to show that stroke can happen to anyone, so we all have to be so aware of the first all important signs,” says Gloria.
each minute left untreated the average victim loses two million strokes nerve cells, which is why the Stroke Association has developed a rapid response system fast to help people recognize the signs call. For quick use, check the face of the person first. Can you smile? It has been reduced to the mouth or eyes?
Find Next in his arms. Can the person raise both? Then evaluate your speech. Can you speak clearly and understand what is said? If any of these symptoms are cause for concern call 999 immediately.
Stroke is now the fourth most common cause of death, with the latest statistics from the Stroke Association reveals that about 152,000 strokes occur in the UK each year. Of these one in eight will be fatal in the first 30 days and one out of four in one year. T
he main risk factors are high blood pressure (which contributes to half of all strokes), diabetes, an irregular heartbeat or a hole in the heart, high cholesterol, smoking and excessive drinking. Excess weight increases the risk of stroke by 26 percent and being inactive by 50 percent.
encouraging, however, death rates from stroke in the UK fell by 46 percent between 1990 and 2010, presumably because most people are aware of the risks and signs of a stroke and gravity can be.
“When my father had his first hit at 60, I was only 19 and had no idea really what a stroke was or what caused it,” admits Gloria, who grew up in Portadown, Ireland North, and describes his father as “incredibly difficult emotionally and physically.”
However, she remembers being shocked when he visited him shortly after seeing it dropped on a hospital bed, unable to speak or feed himself. Several members of the family of Charles had suffered strokes in the past, but the hard advertising sales executive and part-time magician had never imagined it would be one of them.
It was through sheer determination, Gloria says, he learned to walk and talk properly again, even though the first blow left him with memory problems for the rest of your life. Over the next decade Charles, a smoker who in the words of Glory “was conducted very hard”, he happened to have more than six strokes.
“Things were different back then,” he adds, explaining that as a working -class Orangeman just was not macho to worry about his health, although Charles was very active and cycled everywhere.
However, unfortunately, in 1979 he suffered a stroke in his sleep and never woke up. “I was devastated, but the death of Dad always reminds me how fortunate Stephen has been.” We acted fast and have a style very healthy life, “says Gloria.” But people have to realize how dangerous a blow can being. “
Gloria Hunniford is supporting the stroke Association Give a campaign hand and baked fundraising to raise money for the 1.2 million stroke survivors