Awareness of strokes is raised at Inner Wheel
The guest at the latest monthly meeting of the Inner Wheel Club of Chelwood Bridge, held at Cameley Lodge, was Jackie Southon, who is community and events fundraising manager for the Stroke Association.
After dinner she gave members a talk on strokes before being presented with a cheque from the club's president Marjorie Robinson.
She told members that a stroke is the second biggest killer in the world, and fourth in the UK, after cancer, heart and respiratory diseases.
There are 150,000 strokes in the UK every year, which is about one person every five minutes.
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Mrs Robinson stated that a stroke is caused by a clot, or a bleed on the brain and it happens when the blood is cut off from the brain.
She said: "Eighty per cent of the clots form in the main artery (fat or cholesterol) and the other 20 per cent are bleeds or TIAs (a warning sign that there could be a blockage)."
Fifty per cent of strokes are caused by high blood pressure, Mrs Robinson said, adding that most people affected are over 65, but anyone can have a stroke, including children and even babies.
The Stroke Association provides up-to-date information for stroke patients, their families and carers. For more details about the charity visit www.stroke.org.uk.