Just like your heart, your brain depends on a healthy blood supply to function properly and survive. A brain stroke is a brain attack and happens when the arteries that supply blood to the brain become blocked or damaged.
Brain stroke is a medical emergency. The faster you spot a sign of brain stroke in a family member or a friend and call for medical help, the more of the loved one you will save.
Every year, around 150,000 people in the UK have a brain stroke. South Asians (Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis), have a higher risk of brain stroke than the rest of the population.
The risk of brain stroke can increase due to:
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- An unhealthy diet
- A lack of exercise
- Tobacco use
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Family history