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250,000 people in Britain living with disabilities caused by strokes.

EVERY year, an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke. Most people affected are over 65, but anyone can have a stroke, including children and even babies.

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.

Symptoms include:

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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