What is stroke


Stroke is a brain attack – the brain equivalent of a heart attack.

It occurs if the

  • blood supply to the brain is blocked (ischemic stroke), or if a
  • blood vessel in the brain is ruptured (hemorrhagic stroke).

When either of these things happen brain cells begin to die or are at risk of damage.

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If you or your loved ones have experienced stroke you will know that its consequences can be significant and life shattering.

Stroke can affect anyone at anytime

  • Every year around 15 million people suffer a stroke worldwide.
  • Stroke attacks around 1 in every 400 people.
  • Although stroke can affect anyone at anytime, two-thirds of all strokes occur in people aged over 65 years.

Stroke is a serious illness

  • Stroke can rob people of their identity and independence.
  • Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in industrialized countries.

Stroke is a medical emergency

  • Stroke is a medical emergency and must be treated as such.
  • The sooner stroke victims receive treatment, the better their chance of recovery.

If stroke is suspected, call the medical emergency services URGENTLY!

James was 67-years-old when he had a stroke. Prompt action helped him achieve full recovery.

“My mother had suffered a stroke so I knew the symptoms. I didn’t have high blood pressure like her so didn’t think I was at risk of stroke. However, I was in mid-sentence when the words just stopped coming. The shop assistant recognized I was suffering a stroke and dialed the emergency line straight away. When the paramedics came I was paralyzed down my right side. It was frightening and I could feel myself getting worse. Fortunately I’ve managed to make a full recovery over time. During my stroke assessment the doctors found out that my cholesterol was high. I’m now on medication to control it and make sure that I keep a healthy weight by eating healthily and exercising regularly. I look after my health more than I did before. I don’t want another stroke – it was a real wake up call for me.”

References

The Stroke Association UK. Leaflet: What is stroke?

The Stroke Association UK. Leaflet: What is stroke?

US Census Bureau. World PopClock Projection.

National Stroke Association’s Complete Guide to Stroke.