Clinical update

Stroke

According to the Stroke Association, approximately 152,000 people in the UK have a stroke each year and one in five are fatal.

Essential facts

According to the Stroke Association, approximately 152,000 people in the UK have a stroke each year and one in five are fatal. In 2010, stroke was the fourth largest cause of death after heart disease, cancer and respiratory disease. One in four strokes in the UK happen to people under the age of 65.

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Analysis of hospital data, carried out by the Stroke Association and published in May, shows that the number of men having strokes in England aged between 40 and 54 has risen by nearly 50% in less than 15 years – from 4,260 in 2000 to 6,221 in 2014. For women over the same period, the figure has risen by almost one third – from 3,529 to 4,604. Overall, the number of strokes occurring in people of working age – from 20 to 64 – has

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