Stroke Prevention and Recovery

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A stroke is a serious medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Every year an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke. Of all the people who suffer from a stroke about a third are likely to die within the first 10 days, about a third are likely to recover in a month and about a third are likely to be left with disability and needing rehabilitation.

The Stroke Act F.A.S.T. awareness campaign aims to educate citizens of Redcar & Cleveland on the signs of stroke and to recognise prompt emergency treatment can reduce the risk of death and disability. It encourages people to recognise the signs of stroke and to feel confident to phone 999 for an ambulance on detecting any single one of them. Emergency action is as important for TIA (Transient Ischaemic Attack) or mini-strokes.

The Stroke Association provides comprehensive information on the causes of a stroke, what happens when stroke strikes and going into hospital, the road to recovery and stroke prevention.

NHS Choices provides information on the symptoms, causes diagnosis, treatment, recovery, prevention and complications of a stroke. NHS Live Well provides useful information and shares the experiences of people recovering from a stroke.

Direct Gov provides guidance on the medical rules for driving if you have had a stroke.

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