Stroke facts

It is estimated that 150,000 people in the UK alone suffer a stroke.

Every five minutes someone in the UK has a stroke.

Anyone can suffer a stroke. Most people affected are people over 65 but young people including children and babies can also suffer.

A stroke is the fourth most common cause of UK deaths.

A stroke is the single most common cause of severe disability

250,000 people in the UK live with disabilities cause by stroke.

About 10% of people who have had a stroke will have another one in the first year.

Of all people who suffer stroke about a third are likely to make a significant recovery within the first month.

Around three times more women die from stroke than from breast cancer in the UK.

Almost one in four men and one in five women aged 45 can expect to have a stroke if they live to 85.