A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.
Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential.
The sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.
If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.
Am I at Risk of a Stroke?
The symptoms of a stroke or a TIA can be remembered by the word FAST (FACE- ARM-SPEECH-TIME to call 999)
The three main symptoms of Stroke or TIA can be recognised using the FAST test however some other symptoms are also listed in the link above. The key to remember is that these symptoms all have a sudden onset and if you suspect someone is having a Stroke or TIA you should call 999.
It is possible to significantly reduce your risk of having a stroke by making lifestyle changes and managing any medical conditions you may have.
It is never too late to start making changes to your diet, activity levels or your smoking and drinking habits to help to reduce the risk of a TIA or stroke.
It is not always easy however there is lots of support available.
National Stroke Support
The Stroke Association
The Stroke Association is a national charity who provide information about Stroke and its effects, what happens after a Stroke and what help and support is available.
You may have many questions, be looking for some information and practical guidance, or simply want someone to talk to. The Stroke Association can support with all of this.
Helpline 0303 3033 100
Local Stroke Support
Stroke Drop In
Stockton Independent Living Centre, Wednesdays –
Contact Stroke Association Support Coordinator 01642 679018
Line open –
Sundell Court, Oxbridge, Stockton. Wednesdays –
Contact 07775 335359
Teesside Stroke Club
Middlesbrough Sports Village, Alan Peacock Way
Contact Ted Docherty 07977 137 836
Hartlepool Community Connectors
Community Connectors can help you access the support you need to improve your physical and mental wellbeing, live more independently and get involved in the community.
North 01429 402814
South 01429 402815
Hartlepool Coffee Morning
Café 177, York Road, Hartlepool, TS26 9EQ,
First Wednesday of the month –
Contact 01429 894349
Caring for a Stroke Survivor or need some support yourself?
This guide from the Stroke Association provides ways you can support a stroke survivor and explains what help and support is available for carers.
You can also receive support from your local council who can complete a personal assessment of needs for both the Stroke Survivor and their carer.