Last reviewed: October 2021
A theoretical introduction to exactly what a stroke is can be found here, which is a link to the UK NHS’s werb site.
In everyday life, however, that article is totally irrelevant when actually inderstanding a stroke. Using UK numbers:
- Strokes used to be a killer, but now 90% of people survive them.
- However, of those survivors, 2/3 are left with some form of disability.
- In the UK (pop about 70M), there are 100,000 strokes each year.
- Also in the UK (pop about 70M), about 1.3M of those people are stroke survivors.
One typical disability associated with a stroke is called aphasia, which is a problem with some part of the communication process. It can often make people appear “locked in”.
Because such a high number of people aere left disabled following a stroke, the Disability Rights charity is often a good port of call.
How I was affected personally
This is quite a big topic and I have written several posts on the subject: