A stroke is a serious medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.

Blood carries essential nutrients and oxygen to your brain and without blood your brain cells can be damaged or destroyed.

In England, strokes are a major health problem. Every year over 150,000 people have a stroke and it is the third largest cause of death, after heart disease and cancer. The brain damage caused by strokes means that they are the largest cause of adult disability in the UK.

You can find out more about the causes and risks, symptoms, complications and treatment of stroke below.

Causes and Risks

There are two types of stroke that share similar symptoms and risk factors

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Strokes are a medical emergency and prompt identification of the onset of stroke is essential.

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Effective, rapid treatment of stroke can prevent long-term disability and save lives.

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