Stroke - First Aid

see also Stroke

Strokes occur when part of the brain's blood supply is cut off. This can be caused by a local haemorrhage or a blood clot in one of the arteries supplying the brain..

Stroke symptoms include inability to speak, severe headache, confusion, and a pounding pulse. There may be weakness and numbness on one side of the body and unequal dilation of the pupils. In a major stroke, the casualty quickly becomes unconscious.

Check breathing and if necessary give cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (see Breathing and Circulation). If the person is unconscious, place him or her in the recovery position (see Unconsciousness). If the person remains conscious, prop him or her up in a half-sitting position and give as much comfort and reassurance as you can. Contact Emergency Medical Services.

Specific remedies to be given every 5-10 minutes for up to 10 doses

  • Person very fearful Aconite 30c 
  • Person has collapsed, face dark and flushed, loud 'snoring' breathing, cheeks puff out as person exhales Opium 30c 
  • Once the person's condition is stable, give Arnica 6c every 4 hours for up to 3 days

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