Article published on 20th May 2008
Strokes happen when normal blood flow to the brain is shut off, starving the brain of oxygen and vital nutrients, and damaging or ultimately even killing brain cells.
Every year over 100,000 people in the UK have strokes, making it the country's third most common form of death. Although anyone of any age can have a stroke, those over the age of 60 are particularly prone to them. Three quarters of all stroke survivors are left with permanent disabilities grave enough to harm their chances of employment, although the symptoms and profundity of these disabilities is dependent on size and location of the brain lesion caused by it.
Physical disabilities from strokes can include:
- Apraxia, which is an inability to move normally,
- Loss of the ability to speak,
- Vision impairment or blindness,
- Extreme lethargy,
Strokes are common and no one is completely immune to the possibility of having one. Obviously the older we get the more possible it becomes, but even babies and toddlers have been known to have them. Any of the follow-up symptoms listed above can detrimentally affect one's ability to keep a job or to be re-employed after a stroke, so it is perhaps worth investing in income protection insurance or critical illness cover just in case...
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