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Greater stroke awareness could help save lives

Published on 10/11/2009
An estimated 150,000 people in the UK will suffer from stroke each year, according to the Stroke Association.

Andrea Lane, from the national charity, explained that campaigns such as the Department of Health's Act FAST initiative are essential to help raise awareness.

"Until recently, stroke was often viewed as a fact of growing old, which left the UK with some of the worst outcomes for stroke survivors in Western Europe," she said.

"Growing awareness and medical advances have dramatically improved the chances of not just surviving a stroke, but making a good recovery."

The latest statistics, published in partnership with the British Heart Foundation show that stroke is a major cause of mortality in the UK, accounting for around 53,000 deaths every year.

Since its launch in February this year, Act FAST has prompted an increase of more than 55 per cent in stroke calls to emergency services nationwide.
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