Author(s): Mark Greener
Stroke is one of the UK's five main killers (the others are heart disease, cancer, lung and liver disease). Nearly 1.2 million in the UK have survived a stroke - and so are at risk of another. Stroke is preventable. Up to 10,000 strokes a year could be prevented if more people sought help from A&E earlier Stroke affects around 150,000 people each year in the UK, with about 49,000 episodes proving fatal. This book aims to help people prevent another stroke (or another cardiovascular event) and to live a full life after a stroke. Topics include: The brain and blood supply - why and how a stroke may happen Key warning symptoms Causes and types of stroke, mainly ischaemic, but also haemorrhagic, and including TIAs (transient ischaemic attacks) Risk factors for stroke - modifiable and otherwise; and the overlap with dementia Diagnosis and treatment Lifestyle changes to prevent another stroke Living with disability Advice for carers Further information and sources of advice
Mark Greener is an award-winning medical bioscience writer and journalist. He is clinical editor of Pharmacy Magazine, and author of several health books. He is based in Cambridge.