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New website backs heart campaign for better services.

THE Irish Heart Foundation has launched the country's first website dedicated to stroke - www.stroke.ie - to support 10,000 people and their families who suffer a stroke.

Stroke.ie - which is supported by an educational grant from Covidien - is set to drive the Irish Heart Foundation's campaign for better stroke services in Ireland as well as helping to bridge the chronic information gap that faces stroke survivors and their families. The new website provides information and advice for stroke survivors and their families in easy to read formats.

It also gives information on how people can join the campaign for better help and support for stroke survivors across the country.

If you would like advice for yourself or a family member or want more information on how you can help, visit www.stroke.ie.

Heart and Stroke Helpline: If you have questions about stroke in relation to yourself or a loved, talk to an Irish Heart Foundation nurse in confidence by contacting the Heart and Stroke Helpline on Locall 1890 432 787, Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm. Or leave a message and a nurse will return your call.

10,000 people have a stroke in Ireland annually - that's more than one stroke every hour Stroke claims 2,500 lives per year - that's more deaths than from bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined Stroke causes disability, much of which could be avoided. Around 30,000 people are currently living with disability from stroke in the community.

Stroke is a medical emergency - Take action FAST. Remember FAST the four symptoms of stroke and you could save the life of someone you know.

F = Facial weakness A = Arm weakness

S = Speech problems T = Time to call 999 or 112
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jan 21, 2010
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