250,000 people in Britain living with disabilities caused by strokes.
A stroke is the third most common cause of death in the UK. It is also a leading cause of severe adult disability. More than 250,000 people live with disabilities caused by stroke.
Around 1,000 people under 30 have a stroke each year.
The most common type of stroke is a blockage.
This is called an ischaemic stroke, which happens when a clot blocks an artery that carries blood to the brain.
The second type of stroke is a bleed, when a blood vessel bursts, causing bleeding (haemorrhage) into the brain. This is called a haemorrhagic stroke.
numbness, weakness or paralysis on one side of the body (signs of this may be a drooping arm, leg or lower eyelid, or a dribbling mouth)
slurred speech or difficulty finding words or understanding speech
sudden blurred vision or loss of sight
confusion or unsteadiness
a severe headache.
Three simple checks can help you recognise whether someone has had a stroke or mini-stroke (transient ischaemic attack - TIA).
F Facial weakness: Can the person smile? Has their mouth or an eye drooped?
A Armweakness: Can the person raise both arms?
S Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
T Test these symptoms.
If you see any of these signs, call 999 immediately.
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Dec 20, 2007|
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