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Wednesday 26th October 2016

People react too slowly to strokes

18th July 2007

A major charity is warning that people are too slow in responding to symptoms of a stroke.


The Stroke Association carried out a poll of 2,000 people and found that the vast majority of them would react more quickly to losing a bankcard than to the effects of a stroke.

The findings revealed that 88% would react immediately to a lost card, though 34% would wait a day if they experienced the classic symptoms of a stroke such as facial or arm weakness or speech problems. Only 33% of those questioned understood that a stroke causes immediate brain damage.

The Stroke Association’s director of communication Joe Korner said: “These results highlight how strokes continue to be misunderstood by the public and is way down on their agenda. People simply do not realise the devastation that a stroke can cause or that it can be prevented.?

The survey also show that the over 65s – the age group most likely to be affected by stoke – were also the least likely to seek immediate assistance.

And women were more likely to respond than men, with 69% calling the emergency services on noticing symptoms compared to 59% of men.

Stroke is the third most common cause of death in the UK with about 150,000 people a year suffering one.

The Department of Health said efforts were being made to improve the public’s knowledge about strokes. A consultation process is under way called A New Ambition for Stroke, which is aimed at improving public awareness of stroke.


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