What you need to know about Stroke
A stroke happens when a blood vessel in the brain bursts and bleeds or when the blood supply to the brain is cut off. Blood and oxygen cannot reach the brain’s tissues because of a rupture or obstruction.
Every five minutes, a person suffers a stroke. Every year, 100,000 people experience a stroke. In the UK, there are 1.3 million stroke survivors.
It’s vital to know how to spot the signs of a stroke in yourself or someone else.
Make sure you and your loved ones all know the FAST test.
According to new data from Public Health England, 57,000 people in England experienced their first stroke in 2016. One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime. About 30% of those who have a stroke will reportedly go on to have another stroke.
Brain tissue and cells are damaged and start to die within minutes of being oxygen-deprived.
Strokes often come in three different forms:
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA) involves a blood clot that usually dissolves naturally.
- Ischemic stroke involves an arterial obstruction brought on by either a clot or plaque. The signs and problems of an ischemic stroke may persist permanently or linger longer than those of a TIA.
- Hemorrhagic stroke is brought on by a blood artery that leaks or bursts and enters the brain.