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Thousands missing early signs of stroke

29th October 2012

A survey carried out by the Stroke Association has found two thirds of people would not recognise the signs of a small stroke.


ICM Research surveyed 2,000 people for the charity and found 66% of people had not heard of a transient ischemic attack (TIA).

TIA (or small strokes) are experienced by over 46,000 people every year and one in 10 go on to experience a full-blown stroke if they do not receive treatment.

The charity said people needed to be aware that the symptoms of a TIA included facial weakness, pins and needles, and speech problems.

The project's lead researcher Peter Rothwell, the professor of clinical neurology at Oxford University, said: "A TIA is an emergency and a significant proportion of people will go on to have a major stroke if they don’t seek urgent medical attention."

"However, this poll suggests that the signs of a TIA are still being ignored. This needs to change."

Chief executive of the Stroke Association, John Barrick said: "Over 150,000 people have a stroke every year in the UK but up to 10,000 of these could be prevented if more people were aware of the symptoms of TIA and sought out emergency treatment."

"Anyone who experiences the symptoms, regardless of whether they disappear within a matter of minutes, should go to hospital immediately. Assume it's a stroke until it's proven not to be by a medical professional." 


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