Examples include diabetes and high blood pressure, which both increase your risk of a stroke.
Healthy living – no matter when you start – is the best preventative tool against a stroke.
The signs of a stroke
Remember to act FAST to call 999 and request an ambulance if you see any of the following:
F – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile, or their mouth or eye may have dropped.
A – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of weakness or numbness in one arm.
S – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake; they may also have problems understanding what you’re saying to them.
T – it’s time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms.