Thousands of Brits 'unaware of a small stroke's warning signs'

29 October 2012

Thousands of people in the UK are at risk of suffering from a full-blown stroke as they fail to act after encountering a 'mini attack'.

Research carried out by the Stroke Association has highlighted the ignorance that a large proportion of the British population has to a small stroke.

Symptoms for such a series condition include feeling pins and needles down one side of the body, facial weakness and speech problems that often only last a short amount of time.

According to figures gathered by ICM Research though, two thirds of people are not aware that such warning signs are linked to a small stroke.

Furthermore, three quarters of respondents stated that they would not seek out medical attention if they experienced the symptoms.

This is in spite of the Stroke Association underlining that one in ten people who suffer the symptoms of a transient ischemic attack (TIA) but do not get treated go on to have a full-blown stroke within a week.

The study's lead researcher Peter Rothwell, the professor of clinical neurology at Oxford, commented: "A TIA is an emergency and a significant proportion of people will go on to have a major stroke if they don't seek urgent medical attention."

Posted by Philip Briggs

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