One in five people will have a stroke at some time in their life.
Most are over 65, but stroke can strike at any age. Even young people and children can be affected. A stroke could happen to you, a friend or family member. If it does, the more you know about stroke the better you will be able to deal with the consequences.
Until recently many people, including doctors, believed little or nothing could be done following a stroke. We now know strokes are very treatable and, if the right actions are taken quickly, the patient may not have any long term effects.
Therefore, recognising the symptoms and accessing treatment immediately can be crucial after a stroke. Knowledge of what a stroke can do to a person can also help to minimise its impact. This section explains what a stroke is, what causes stroke, and how it can affect people’s lives.