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What would having a stroke mean?

After heart disease stroke is the second largest cause of death in the world, and the brain damage that can result from a stroke is the leading cause of disability in adults.1 It is important to remember that you can do things to protect yourself from these outcomes.


About a third of people who have a stroke make a significant recovery within a month.2 Sadly most stroke survivors will be left with long-term problems. A stroke can affect bodily functions, thought processes, your ability to learn and communicate, and of course your emotions.

Strokes are often more severe for people with AF

If you have AF and suffer a stroke, there is a greater chance of it being more serious: around 50 per cent of people who suffer an AF stroke will die within five years, and most will be left with long-term problems such as disability.1

As well as the impact on you, a stroke will affect your partner and other family members. As strokes can occur without warning, it can be very difficult for families to deal with the shock of seeing a once capable individual suddenly deteriorate and need help with even simple activities. Increasing pressure is also placed on carers and families to provide on-going support to stroke survivors in the community, which can include a lot of care and help with everyday living.

Time to take positive action

Having a stroke is a serious matter. And these facts underline the vital importance to your health of doing all you can to protect yourself against a stroke. The best thing is to follow your doctor’s advice.

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1. Accessed 9 May 2011
2. When a stroke happens. The Stroke Association. Leaflet 4 version 1. September 2010.