Anyone can have a stroke
There are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK every year. That is more than one every 5 minutes. One in 5 strokes is fatal. Stroke causes about 7% of deaths in men and 10% of deaths in women.
Younger people can have strokes even children
Although most people who have a stroke are older, around a quarter of strokes happen to younger people and children. It is estimated that over 20,000 people under 65 have a stroke every year, and even babies can have a stroke.
Some parts of the population are at increased risk
Although men have a higher risk of stroke, women are one and a half times as likely to die from stroke as men. Middle-aged women are also at an increased risk of having stroke than men within the same age group.
People of South Asian or African-Caribbean origin in the UK are at increased risk of stroke. For example, people of African-Caribbean origin are twice as likely to have a stroke as people of European origin, and they also tend to have their first stroke at a younger age.
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.