You may already be thinking what relevance has this got to do with me?  Let me enlighten you a little.   Every year hundreds if not thousands of apparently healthy men and women of all ages have a stroke.

This can be the result of having an abnormal heart rhythm. When the four chambers of the heart are not working in synchronisation, beating in time together, the heart then beats abnormally, either too fast, slow or irregular.  This irregular heart rhythm can then cause small blood clots to form which are then responsible for the stroke.  Having a stroke is potentially life threatening and often leaves it’s victims with many weaknesses and disabilities.  For those who have an irregular heart rhythm, and there are many thousands around the world who do, there is a very simple test to do.  It is to sit and rest for a few minutes and then find and count your pulse.

The aim of this campaign is to get everyone to “Know Your Pulse”.   By doing so it is hoped to identify those at risk and save many lives.  If you are not sure how to take your pulse watch this video  CLICK HERE

Having found your pulse, besides counting the beats, think about how the beat feels to you.  Questions to ask yourself

.           Is it strong and regular?

.           Does it flutter, or have runs of lots of beats together?

.           Does it appear to miss a beat?

If there does not appear to be a regularity to it, don’t panic, but make an appointment with your doctor to get it checked out.

Stroke can be caused by a combination of factors such including :

  • having high blood pressure
  • Being overweight
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Smoking

You can take positive steps now, maybe its time to reassess just how active you really are and also look at your overall lifestyle choices.

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