Some aspects of women’s lives can increase our risk of a stroke, like the contraceptive pill, pregnancy and having migraines. But for most women, taking care of your health and managing your risk factors will help you avoid a stroke. Find out more about health conditions and medication linked to stroke in women, plus tips for healthy living.
The Childhood Stroke Project is a collaboration between us and Evelina London Children's Hospital. It's funded by the Margaret Giffen Charitable Trust. The service provides tailored information and support for children, young people and families affected by stroke.
Childhood stroke can affect the whole family. The Stroke Association is here to support you as much as we can. We can provide resources and information related to peer support, stroke, brain injury and hemiplegia organisations, education, advocacy, info on related conditions, as well as handbooks, storybooks, and videos.
Find out information on childhood stroke and where to find support.
Your free information pack.
This toolkit is for teachers and childcare professionals supporting children after a stroke. It explains how a stroke can affect a child's early development, and progress at school. The toolkit provides practical tools to help with communication, planning and documentation.
We publish information about stroke in a range of other languages.
A stroke can sometimes cause changes to your taste and smell. Things can taste different or taste bad (dysgeusia) or you may not taste flavours (hypogeusia or ageusia). Some people lose the sense of smell (anosmia) or become more sensitive to smells (hyperosmia). These problems often improve over time, and our guide gives some practical tips about oral hygiene and enjoying your food.
A stroke in the brain stem can cause locked-in syndrome, where the person is conscious but unable to move apart from their eyes. A stroke may also cause hallucinations and delusions.
Find out why you may experience severe tiredness (known as fatigue) after a stroke and what can be done to help you manage it.