Every year in the UK it is estimated that 100,000* people will have a stroke. A stroke is a serious and life threatening condition caused by the blood supply to part of the brain being cut off, which in turn kills brain cells. 
There are two types of stroke, the most common, Ischaemic, which accounts for 85% of all cases, is caused by a blood clot in the artery, this blocks the artery and stops the blood from flowing to the brain. 
 
The second type is Haemorrhagic, and this is where a weakened blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain bursts, resulting in parts of the brain not receiving any blood. 
 
There is also a related condition called Transient Ischaemic Attack, also referred to as TIA or a mini stroke. This is caused by a temporary interruption to the blood flowing to the brain. They are often a warning sign that you are at risk of a full stroke. 
 
There are thought to be 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK. Of these many will be left with long lasting problems such as problems with bladder and bowel control, problems with their vision, with swallowing, communication and movement. They may also suffer with psychological and cognitive issues and are likely to need some form of rehabilitation. 
 
Some survivors will continue to need additional care and support services on a long term basis, and here at The Essex Care Group we are experienced in providing this type of care service. We will tailor our care package to meet your specific requirements, enabling you to regain your independence and quality of life. 
 
Finally, with such a high occurrence of strokes it is important to recognise the signs, and think FAST. 
 
Face= Can the person smile? Has the smile fallen on one side? 
 
Arms= Can they raise their arms and keep them there? 
 
Speech= Can they speak clearly? Is there speech slurred? 
 
Time= If any of these signs are present call 999 
 
 
(* figures sourced from patient.info) 
 
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