My Condition - Stroke


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.

Symptoms of Stroke. 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.

Preventing Stroke

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 0303 3033 100
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.

Local Stroke Support

Stroke Drop in – Wednesdays 1pm-3pm, Stockton Independent Living Centre-
Contact Stroke Association Support Coordinator 01642 679018 (mon to friday 830am-5pm)

Happy Talk – Wednesdays 12-3.30pm Sundell Court, Oxbridge, Stockton.
Contact: 07775 335359

Teesside Stroke Club – Middlesbrough Sports Village, Alan Peacock Way
Contact Ted Docherty for further information: 07977 137 836

Hartlepool Community Connectors (North) 01429 402814 (South) 01429 402815
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.

Hartlepool Coffee Morning- first Wednesday of the month, 10.30am-12.30pm at Café 177, York Road, Hartlepool, TS26 9EQ, 01429 894349

Caring for a Stroke Survivor? 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