Are you at risk of a Stroke?
Having a Stroke is devastating. Despite medical advances increasing recovery rates and decreasing mortality rates, survivors will need physical and emotional support for much of their lives.
If your loved one is recovering, patience and understanding are crucial as well as seeking help when and where it is needed. There are lots of professionals out there, just like myself, who can offer guidance and support so please do reach out to us. Don’t suffer in silence.
What is a Stroke?
Stroke is the 4th biggest killer in the UK but many people don’t realise just how prevalent the disease is. A Stroke occurs approximately 152,000 times a year in the UK; that’s one every 3 minutes 27 seconds. There are 1.2 million Stroke survivors in the UK and half of them have a disability as a result.
A Stroke is usually caused by a blockage of a blood vessel to part of the brain, although in a small number of cases it can be caused by an area of bleeding into the brain. When the flow of blood to any part of the brain is interrupted, brain cells are deprived of the oxygen and nutrients which they need. Some brain cells become damaged and others die.
Who is most at risk?
It’s very important to remember that a Stroke can affect anyone but they are most prevalent in older people. In fact, the risk of a Stroke doubles every decade after the age of 55. Men are at a 25% higher risk of having a Stroke and at a younger age to women.
Smokers and heavy drinkers along with those with high cholesterol levels are more at risk. Being
overweight and obese dramatically increases your risk of a Stroke.
Other factors that increase the risk of a Stroke include high blood pressure, diabetes, an irregular
heartbeat, a hole in the heart and sickle cell disease, so if you do suffer with any of these it’s important to get regular health checks from a qualified professional.