Stroke is a blood clot or bleed in the brain which can leave lasting damage, affecting mobility, cognition, sight or communication. A Stroke is a medical emergency and can cause permanent neurological damage, complications and sometimes death.
It is the second major cause of death worldwide and may soon become the leading cause of death. Risk factors for stroke include high blood pressure, previous stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), diabetes, high cholesterol, cigarette smoking and atrial fibrillation. High blood pressure is the most important modifiable risk factor of stroke.
Today, there are over 900,000 people living in England who have had a stroke. Stroke is the largest cause of disability and 300,000 people in England are living with moderate to severe disability as a result of stroke.
Today, there are over 5,000 people living across Wigan and Leigh who have had a Stroke. Strokes are the largest cause of disability and approximately 1,750 people in Wigan and Leigh are living with moderate to severe disability as a result of stroke.
What is a Stroke?
Stroke is caused by an interruption to the blood supply to the brain which can cause a variety of long term problems such as:-
- Loss of feeling and sensation
- Speech impairment
- Visual problems
- Difficulty with swallowing
- Memory problems
- Mood swings
- Lack of concentration
A Stroke can occur anywhere, to anyone of any age.
Stroke does not discriminate!
- 70% of people who have a Stroke survive.
- Strokes cost the NHS an estimated £2.3 billion per year.
- 1,000 people have a Stroke across Wigan & Leigh every year
- A Stroke is a brain attack caused when the blood supply is disrupted, either by a blockage or a burst.
- A Stroke is now considered to be an illness, rather than a disability, by the NHS.