Published: Wednesday 7 September 2016

Local stroke survivors have joined in a new stroke research program at our Life After Stroke Centre in Bromsgrove on 5 September.

STARR (stroke, technology and risk reduction) is a new research program, which will help stroke survivors manage their risk factors for recurrent stroke (a stroke that happens after someone has their first stroke).

Dr Shamim Quadir, Research Communications Manager from the Stroke Association, said: “The number of people who survive a first stroke is increasing, which is excellent news. However, stroke survivors are at high risk of experiencing the condition again and the impact of a recurrent stroke can be devastating. It’s thought that the vast majority of recurrent strokes could be prevented. This latest workshop with the local community in Bromsgrove is a significant part of this research, and we hope it will help prevent future generations from experiencing a recurrent stroke.”

Steve Wright, 60, from Bromsgrove had a stroke in August 2008, which affected his speech and the movement in his right-hand side. He said: “The workshop was really interesting and I’d definitely take part again. As well as talking about the risk factors of stroke, like exercise, diet and high blood pressure, it was really useful to share ideas and tips with other stroke survivors about techniques we’ve used during our recovery. I’ve found ways to help build my strength and mobility by doing everyday tasks, such as washing up and getting dressed, and it was great to share this advice with the group.”

STARR is led by a team which includes stroke survivors, commercial healthcare companies, hospitals, as well as technology research groups from seven countries. The workshop was run by our EU Research Manager, Dr Gary Randall, along with a guest researcher, Professor Charlotte Magnusson from Lund University, Sweden.

Find out more about STARR, and for more information about stroke, call our helpline on 0303 303 3100.

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