Only a few people in East Anglia would be able to spot stroke’s signs

A leading charity warned that thousands of people are at serious risk of having a stroke. Nearly 70% of the people who participated in A Stroke Association survey (in East England) showed that they do not spot symptoms of a TIA (transient ischaemic attack) or also called mini stroke. More than 85% claimed that they would have been extremely worried if they experience one of the symptoms but nearly 70% stated that they will not take any emergency action or even go to hospital.

The statistics are pretty scary. More than 50 000 people have a TIA annually in the UK. The symptoms you need to look for are speech problems, facial weakness, pins and needles on one side of the body. Often those symptoms last for a short time and this is the main reason because of which people do not notice them.

A research, sponsored by the Association, and carried out at Oxford’s University, showed that 1 in every 10 patients who has suffered TIA might have a major stroke in the next week.

Project’s lead researcher, professor Rothwall said: “Having a TIA is a pretty serious thing and it is definitely an emergency issue because if you don’t seek medical treatment you are in a big danger. A major stroke might occur within a week” However, recent poll revealed that TIA signs are still underestimated and this has to change.

The chief director of the East England’s Stroke Association, Alex Stewart said: “The poll results are really concerning. More than 150 000 people are experiencing strokes daily and nearly 10 000 of those cases could be prevented if people pay attention to the symptoms.”