Who is at risk?

Anyone can have a stroke

Anyone can have a strokeStroke occurs approximately 152,000 times a year in the UK, that is one every 3 minutes and 27 seconds.

One in three strokes are fatal within a year, and stroke is the third single largest cause of death in the UK, accounting for approximately one in ten deaths. It is also is the biggest cause of complex disability – over half of stroke survivors have a disability and need support.

Younger people can have strokes, even children

Although most people who have a stroke are older, almost one third of strokes occur in people under the age of 65, including children.

But some people are more at risk than others

Your risk of stroke increases with age and certain medical conditions and lifestyle factors can increase your risk as well.

South Asian and black people in the UK are also at increased risk of stroke. Although the reasons for this are not completely understood, we do know that black people are twice as likely to have a stroke compared to white people and that black and South Asian people also tend to have strokes at a younger age than white people.

But you can reduce your risk of stroke

Your chances of having a stroke reduce if you understand what factors increase your risk of stroke and take action to prevent a stroke from happening.

Read our publications
How to prevent a stroke
Stroke in people of working age (18-65)
Reducing your risk of stroke: information for black African and black Caribbean people
Reducing your risk of stroke: information for South Asian people
Childhood stroke

Useful links
NHS Choices
NHS Evidence - stroke
NHS Improvement - stroke

How to Prevent a Stroke by Stroke Association