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Stroke overview

Around 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke in England every year – it’s the third biggest cause of death. Stroke is brain damage caused by a blocked blood vessel or bleeding in the brain. The signs of a stroke may include weakness, numbness, blurred vision, confusion, and slurred speech. Getting to hospital and receiving treatment quickly is vital for a good outcome after a stroke.

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Stroke care staffing concerns

Despite some progress in the care of stroke patients in the UK, there are still major shortages of both specialist nurses and doctors, according to two new reports.

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Stroke: Causes, symptoms and prevention

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a life-threatening medical emergency that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.



The blood supply may be cut off by a blood clot or from a burst blood vessel.



A person having a stroke may lose control over their movement, perception and speech. They may also lose consciousness.



Prompt hospital treatment is essential for stroke survival.

Clots near the brain

Over 80% of all strokes are due to blockage of the oxygen-rich blood flowing to the brain. Called ischaemic strokes, they are triggered by either a thrombus, which is a stationary clot that forms in a blood vessel, or an embolus, a clot that travels through the bloodstream and becomes lodged in a vessel.

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