What is a stroke?

Friday - - Health -

A se­ri­ous con­di­tion where the blood sup­ply to the brain is cut off, caus­ing dam­age to brain cells. It can hap­pen in the two weeks af­ter giv­ing birth as blood ves­sels nar­row.

Any­one can get a stroke but it’s more com­mon in males over 55 and people who are obese, smoke or drink heav­ily.

It’s im­por­tant to act fast as brain cells die im­me­di­ately.

Pa­tients are di­ag­nosed with a CT or MRI scan and then given blood-thin­ning drugs.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.stroke.org.uk.

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