A stroke – who is at risk
Anyone can have a stroke
Stroke occurs approximately 152,000 times a year in the UK, that is one every 3 minutes and 27 seconds.
One in four strokes are fatal within a year and stroke is the fourth single largest cause of death in the UK. It is also is the largest cause of complex disability – half of all stroke survivors have a disability.
Younger people can have strokes, even children
Although most people who have a stroke are older, one in four strokes in the UK occur in people under the age of 65, including children.
But some people are more at risk than others
Your risk of stroke increases with age and certain medical conditions and lifestyle factors can increase your risk as well.
South Asian and black people in the UK are also at increased risk of stroke. Although the reasons for this are not completely understood, we do know that black people are twice as likely to have a stroke compared to white people and that black and South Asian people also tend to have strokes at a younger age than white people.
But you can reduce your risk of stroke
Your chances of having a stroke reduce if you understand what factors increase your risk of stroke and take action to prevent a stroke from happening.