Anyone can have a stroke.
What is a stroke?
A stroke happens when the blood flow to the brain is interrupted.
This can be due to a bleed or a blockage causing the brain cells to die.
Blockages are more common than bleeds to the brain and account for 85% of most strokes.
Although anyone can have a stroke it is more common in the over-55 population although children and babies can have strokes.
People who have had a stroke can experience life-changing damage to the brain. Some people make a full recovery and go on to lead normal lives again, while some have to live with disabilities.
There are 2 main types
Ischaemic – This is the most common type of stroke where there is a blood clot blocking the flow of blood to the brain. This accounts for 85% of cases.
(Transient-Ischaemic Attacks (mini-strokes) – are the same as a stroke but the symptoms last for a shorter period of time).
Haemorrhagic – This happens when a weak blood vessel supplying blood to the brain bursts.
Any stroke-like symptoms should be treated as a medical emergency and specialist medical intervention is needed ASAP.