As an author I love hearing from my readers - but I never expected one to thank me for saving their mum's life. After my
A stroke happens in an instant, but its effects can last a lifetime. Over 150,000 strokes occur in the UK each year and more than 1.1m people are living with the devastating effects. Stroke is the third largest cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the UK.
Over a third of people who took part in our report thought their mini-stroke was just a 'funny turn' and only one in five rang 999. These findings have serious implications for the health and well-being of our nation, as one in 20 people will go on to have a major stroke within two days of having a mini-stroke.