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Stroke and head injury - introduction

What is a stroke

A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off and causes damage to the brain. There are two types of stroke:

Who is affected by stroke?

Stroke is the largest cause of disability in the UK and the third most common cause of death, after heart disease and cancer. Each year around 120,000 people in the UK have a first stroke and about 30,000 have a recurrent stroke. Most cases occur in people aged over 65, and each year about 1 in 100 people over the age of 75 will have a stroke.


Outcomes of a head injury

The consequences of head injurys range in seriousness from minor concussion to severe injurys that result in coma or a minimally conscious state and / or prove fatal. No two head injurys are the same and how someone is affected will depend on which part of the brain has been injured and how widespread and / or permanent the damage is.

Effects of a head injury

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