Stroke: The food to consume to cut your risk – and the foods to avoid

Their speech may be slurred or garbled, “or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake” and “they may also have problems understanding what you’re saying to them”, adds the health body.

The Stroke Association says that while most people who have a stroke are older, younger people can have strokes too, including children.

Indeed, one in four strokes in the UK happens to people of working age.

As we age, our arteries become harder and narrower and more likely to become blocked. Certain medical conditions and lifestyle factors can speed up this process and increase your risk of having a stroke, according to The Stroke Association.


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