Joanne Murphy from The Stroke Association commented:

"With levels of obesity reaching epidemic levels across the country these are worrying findings. A stroke is a brain attack, it happens when the blood supply is cut to the brain, it causes brain cells to die and results in brain damage. It's the third biggest killer and if it doesn't kill it can leave you severely disabled. However, even small changes to our lifestyle factors such as an improved diet, drinking alcohol in moderation, not smoking and being active can reduce your risk of stroke".

About stroke and The Stroke Association

The Stroke Association is the only UK-wide charity solely concerned with combating stroke in people of all ages. The charity funds research into prevention, treatment, better methods of rehabilitation and helps stroke patients and their families directly through its community services which include communication support, family and carer support, information services, welfare grants, publications and leaflets. The Stroke Association also campaigns, educates and informs to increase knowledge of stroke at all levels of society acting as a voice for everyone affected by stroke.

A stroke is a brain attack which causes brain damage. A stroke can be diagnosed by using FAST - Facial weakness, Arm weakness, Speech problems, Time to call 999. If any of these symptoms is present call an ambulance straight away.

A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is disrupted. Most strokes occur when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to the brain. Some strokes are caused by bleeding in or around the brain from a burst blood vessel. When the blood supply is disrupted, parts of the brain become damaged or destroyed. Some strokes are fatal whist others can cause permanent or temporary disabilities such as paralysis to one side of the body and loss of the ability to speak, read or write. Recovery may be slow and can vary from person to person.

Strokes can be prevented through lifestyle factors such as a healthy diet - particularly reducing salt intake, drinking alcohol in moderation, not smoking and taking regular exercise.

The Stroke Association

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