What are strokes?
A stroke is a serious medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is disturbed, either by a clot blocking the circulation, or bleeding into the brain.
Like all organs, our brain needs the oxygen and nutrients that are provided by our blood, to function properly. If the supply of blood is restricted, or stopped, brain cells begin to die, leading to brain damage. and in severe cases, death.
A stroke is a medical emergency and prompt treatment is essential because early treatment can minimise damage to brain cells.
Leicester Stroke Awareness Campaign
A guide to strokes - from NHS Choices
FAST campaign - suspect a stroke? Act FAST