Summer 2010

Long term medical conditions

NHS Calderdale is committed to reducing the prevalence of long term conditions locally. The responses to questions in this section will help them to improve services for people living with a long term condition in Calderdale.

93% of respondents correctly identified that a Stroke is ‘an attack’ of the brain. 81% correctly recognised that the recently used slogan ‘act FAST’ stands for:
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97% were correct in saying they should call 999 if they were with someone who they thought was having a stroke. The three main factors identified for increasing the risk of a stroke were: Over weight, Smoking, and Stress.

Only 47% of respondents had heard of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). As only a relatively low number of respondents had heard of the disease this was similarly reflected in the questions we asked on symptoms and risk factors for this disease. COPD is a disease of the lungs in which the airways become narrowed and inflamed, the main causes being infections or air pollution. If you would like to know more about this disease you can find more information by visiting British Lung Foundation|External link or ask your GP for further information.

Respondents were much better informed about the symptoms and factors which may increase the risk of diabetes. Diabetes is a common life-long condition where the amount of glucose in the blood is too high as the body cannot use it properly. Again if you would like to know more about this condition please visit Diabetes UK|External link or ask your GP for further information.

Last Updated: 22/12/2015