Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Stroke Information and Resources

A stroke is basically a brain attack. The attack occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off stopping the essential nutrients and oxygen from getting to the brain. Without blood your brain cells can be damaged or die. This damage can have different effects, depending on where it happens in the brain.  It is estimated that 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke each year. Stroke has a greater disability impact than any other medical condition. It is thought that a quarter of a million people live with some form of long-term disability as a result of stroke in the UK alone.

The main stroke symptoms can be remembered with the word F.A.S.T.:

  • Face – The face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile, or their mouth or eye may have drooped.
  • Arms – The person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of weakness or numbness in one arm.
  • Speech – Their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake.
  • Time – It’s time to dial 999 immediately if you notice any of these signs or symptoms.

Find details of stroke symptoms diagnosis, treatment and causes in the following sites and related ABLEize categories listed below with links to stroke rehabilitation and UK support groups.

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Meets twice a month in Ashby, Leicestershire. View the aims of the club and how to join. Includes helpsheets.

An official organisation providing facts, research details and strategic plans for avoiding having a stroke.


Offers regular meetings and get togethers with club events and activities for fellow stroke members. Meets at Cristchurch Community Centre, Croydon.


A registered charity providing a unique, free service to younger stroke survivors throughout the United Kingdom.

A UK charity set up to support young stroke victims and offer help, exercise details and information along with news and events and a busy discussion forum.


Kingswinford based group offering support and information to people suffering a stroke. Includes a 24 hour helpline.

A busy stroke club on the border of East Hampshire and West Sussex offering a range of activities, meetings and events.


Support group providing a range of information, support and social events to those that have suffered with a stroke in Emsworth Hampshire. Includes contacts.


Meets each Friday in Harlow and offers support, advice and social meetings as well as speech therapy, stroke prevention and a range of activities.

Highlighting stroke services available within the Leeds areas along with newsletters, research details and information gathered by local people that have had a stroke.

A guide to help and support services offered throughout London with a clickable map of stroke support offered in each Borough.

Official NHS information with personal stories, life after stroke details and how to reduce the risks.

Offers a broad selection of stroke facts with professional resources and information for patients. Site explains the two types of stroke, types of stroke; ischaemic and haemorrhagic.


National Lottery funded stroke group with details of events help, newsletters and related stroke links.

Highlights the benefits of physiotherapy after having a stroke with FAQ’s and a selection of resource links.


An online support and discussion group for those who have suffer a stroke, their family and carers. Registration required to post.


Based in south-east Northumberland and run by a group of stroke victims their family members and carers. Site provides details of their meetings activities, social events and competitions.


A friendly and active group highlighting a range of social activities and events with contact details members images.


Dedicated to providing stroke support and friendship within the Wigan areas of Manchester. Site offers extensive stroke information and facts along with news, events details and contacts.


Bristol-based stroke support group formed in 1981 providing group meetings and leisure activities including swimming, holidays and computer-based activities. Site provides location details and a range of online resources with contacts.


Providing telephone contact details for support along with information about their meetings and numerous social activities as well as fundraising events.