The Stroke Association

About The Stroke Association

The Stroke Association is the only UK-wide charity solely concerned with combating stroke in people of all ages. The charity funds research into prevention, treatment, better methods of rehabilitation and helps stroke patients and their families directly through its community services which include communications support, family and carer support, information services, welfare grants, publications and leaflets.

The Stroke Association also campaigns, educates and informs to increase knowledge of stroke at all levels of society acting as a voice for everyone affected by stroke.

A stroke is a brain attack which causes brain damage. A stroke can be diagnosed by using FAST – Facial weakness, Arm weakness, Speech problems, Test all three. If any of these symptoms are present call an ambulance straight away.

The Stroke Helpline provides information on stroke to the general public and is open between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday on 0845 3033 100

About stroke: A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is disrupted. Most strokes occur when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to the brain. Some strokes are caused by bleeding in or around the brain from a burst blood vessel.

When the blood supply is disrupted, parts of the brain become damaged or destroyed. Some strokes are fatal whist others can cause permanent or temporary disabilities such as paralysis to one side of the body and loss of the ability to speak, read or write. Recovery may be slow and can vary from person to person.

Strokes can be prevented through lifestyle factors such as a healthy diet – particularly reducing salt intake, drinking alcohol in moderation, not smoking and taking regular exercise.

Stroke statistics:

– Each year an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke.

– Stroke is the third biggest killer and a leading cause of adult disability.

– Of all people who suffer from a stroke, about a third are likely to die within the first 10 days, about a third are likely to make a recovery within one month and about a third are likely to be left disabled and needing rehabilitation.

– At least 300,000 people in England are living with moderate to severe disabilities as a result of a stroke.

– A stroke can happen to anyone at any time. Around a quarter of strokes happen to those aged under 65, with around 1000 happening to those under 30.

The Stroke Association Contact Details
Address: Stroke House 240 City Road London EC1V 2PR
☎ 0845 3033 100

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