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Action on Stroke Month is dedicated to working throughout the UK to raise funds for more research, prevent strokes and help people to make the best recovery possible.
Every year there are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK, which equates to approximately one stroke every three and a half minutes. Most people who are affected by strokes are over the age of 65, however, anyone can have a stroke, including young adults, children and babies.
What is a stroke?
A stroke is in simple terms a brain attack. People suffer a stroke when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. This can be caused by a blockage in one of the blood vessels leading to the brain or by a bleed on the brain.
What are the signs of a stroke?
• Notice the signs and act FAST.
• Facial weakness. Can the person still smile?
Has their mouth or eye dropped?
• Arm weakness. Can the person raise both arms?
• Speech problems. Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
• Time to call 999.
If the person fails any one of these tests, immediately call 999. Do not ignore temporary symptoms, because if the symptoms disappear within 24 hours, then the person may have had a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA), which is also known as a mini stroke. TIAs are serious and should not be ignored. Urgent medical attention should always be sought.
Strokes affect people in different ways, depending on which part of the brain is affected, how widespread the damage is and how healthy the person was before the stroke. It can affect how the body functions, a person’s
thought processes as well as how that person feels and communicates.
All strokes are different. For some people the effects may be relatively minor and may not last long, while others may be left with more serious long-term effects. The quicker a person receives treatment, the better the chances for a good recovery, so it’s important to call 999 and get to hospital as soon as possible.
Can strokes be prevented?
There are many factors that can increase the risk of having a stroke and these include:
- Your genes
- Your age
- Your diet
- The amount of alcohol you drink - Whether you smoke -Howfityouare
- Whether you have any other medical conditions
While you cannot change all factors that may contribute to a stroke, you can reduce the risk of a stroke by having regular health checks. You can also stop smoking, drink alcohol in moderation, eat healthily and exercise more.
You can join Action on Stroke month by wearing purple. Wear, knitting, baking or painting in purple. Participate and host fun events to turn May purple and raise funds to conquer stroke.
If you need any support or advice regarding strokes, you can contact the Action on Stroke helpline on: 0303 3033 100 or visit

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