Name Stroke
Related to/Also known as Subarachnoid Haemorrhage (SAH)
Symptoms of Stroke

A stroke occurs because of disruption to the blood supply to a particular area of the brain, causing damage to that area of the brain.

FAST test

  • Face: Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?
  • Arms: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
  • Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?
  • Time: if you see any of these three signs, it's time to call 999.

 Source: Stroke Association

  • Ischaemic Stroke - caused by an interruption to the flow of blood to the brain, and is the most common type.
  • Haemorrhagic Stroke - results from arterial bleeds, rather than obstructions to the blood flow.
  • Transient Ischaemic Attack (T.I.A.) - often called a mini-stroke, and can be warning symptoms leading to a full stroke.
Useful national contacts

Stroke Association
Link opens in new window www.stroke.org.uk
Helpline: 0303 303 3100
Find your local support group:
Link opens in new window www.stroke.org.uk/finding-support/support-services

UK Stroke Forum
Link opens in new window www.stroke.org.uk/node/11779
Different Strokes (for younger stroke survivors)
Helpline: 0845 130 7172
Link opens in new window www.differentstrokes.co.uk
Find your local support group:
Link opens in new window www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?msa=0&mid=1yCjFEGzVfm9K1KJ8REbntFeEDWc
Online resources Public Health England's Act FAST campaign

Physiotherapy works: Stroke (Chartered Society of Physiotherapists factsheet)
Link opens in new window www.csp.org.uk/search/all/stroke

"Game your brain: the new benefits of neuroplasticity" (Wired magazine, May 2014)
Link opens in new window www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2014/05/features/game-your-brain

"Post-traumatic stress disorder common after stroke" (King's College London)
Link opens in new window www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/news/records/2011/August2011/PTSDafterstroke.aspx

News and events  
Our resources

The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Stroke and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

Visit our library to read The Successful Stroke Survivor: The new guide to functional recovery from stroke by Tom Balchin. Or have a Link opens in new window look in your local library for this book.
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