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The after effects of a stroke present in many different ways, varying from problems with speech, memory and understanding, to character change, through to paralysis of parts of the body. It is important that you are regularly reviewed to keep you as active and on the ball as possible.
We are Stroke Association. We believe in life after stroke. That’s why we support stroke survivors to make the best recovery they can. It’s why we campaign for better stroke prevention and care. And it’s why we fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke.
In this section you can find out about the experience of stroke by seeing and hearing people share their personal stories on film. Our researchers travelled all around the UK to talk to 73 people in their own homes. Find out what people said about issues such as diagnosis, physical changes after the stroke and impact on work and family. We hope you find the information helpful and reassuring.
A stroke causes damage to the brain. A common cause of stroke is a blood clot that forms in a brain artery. Immediate treatment may include a clot-busting medicine to dissolve the blood clot. Other treatments include medication to reduce risk factors for further strokes. Rehabilitation is a major part of treatment.
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EMERGENCY: Dial 999 or go to your nearest A&E Department (you must not dial 999 for anything other than an emergency)
If you do need to attend the emergency department at Torbay Hospital please read this leaflet.