Who is at risk?

Anyone can have a stroke
Stroke occurs approximately 152,000 time 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. 

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.

Some parts of the population are at increased risk
South Asian, black African and black Caribbean people in the UK are at increased risk of stroke. For example, black people are twice as likely to have a stroke compared to white people. Black and South Asian people also tend to have strokes at a younger age than white people.

You can reduce your risk of stroke
Your chances of having a stroke reduce if you understand the risks and take action to prevent a stroke happening.

Read our publications
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