A stroke happens when the supply of blood to the brain is blocked, causing damage to the brain.There are two main types, one caused by a clot in the blood and the other by a burst blood vessel.
It is one of the main causes of disability in the Wales, and after heart disease and cancer, one of the main causes of death. Much like heart disease, though there can be genetic factors which can make a stroke more likely, lifestyle is also a very important factor. It can happen at any age, but is far more likely if you're over 65 years old.
The organsiations listed here can give help and support to thoese who have suffered a stroke and their families and carers.
There to help those who have recently had a stroke, their families and carers, with local links across Wales.
A charity focussed on helping young people who've had strokes.
Advice form the Wales Assembly Government on how to improve your health and wellbeing in general.
Extensive, good quality health information usually provided by GPs and nurses during consultation.
NHS Direct Wales is a 24 hour helpline, which can give advice about health and health services across Wales. It is staffed by experienced nurses specially trained to give advice over the phone and provide information about all your local services.