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.
The Stroke Association funds research into prevention, treatment and better methods of rehabilitation and helps stroke patients and their families directly through its rehabilitation and support services. Site also includes volunteering details.
An official organisation providing facts, research details and strategic plans for avoiding having a stroke.
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.
A busy stroke club on the border of East Hampshire and West Sussex offering a range of activities, meetings and events.
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.