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Caused by stroke

Many people suffer a stroke in the United Kingdom every year, with many survivors left dependent on others for daily activities. Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability.

How does a stroke happen

In a stroke, the brain no longer receives enough oxygen due to a brain haemorrhage or impaired blood flow. Depending on the area affected and how long it lasts, various neurological disorders – frequently associated with paralysis on one side of the body – can occur.

Types of stroke

There are two main causes of strokes:

  • ischaemic (accounting for over 80% of all cases) – the blood supply is stopped due to a blood clot
  • haemorrhagic – a weakened blood vessel supplying the brain bursts and causes brain damage

Stroke patients should receive treatment as quickly as possible. Acute treatment is given in specialised stroke units.

Consequences of a stroke

The damage caused by a stroke can be widespread and long-lasting. Some people need to have a long period of rehabilitation before they can recover their former independence.

The process of rehabilitation will be specific to the respective patient, and will depend on the symptoms.

The damage that a stroke causes to the brain can impact on many aspects of  life and wellbeing, and depending on  individual circumstances, patients may require a number of different treatment and rehabilitation methods.