At least 15 million people suffer strokes worldwide each year. It’s estimated 6 million people die from strokes yearly.

In South Africa, 150 000 people get affected by stroke annually. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa, strokes claim nearly 70 lives daily in South Africa. They occur when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off, and without blood which carries oxygen, brain cells can be damaged.

Depending on which brain part is affected and how quickly the person is treated, the effects of stroke can be devastating to a person’s body, mobility, speech, as well as how they think and feel.

World Stroke Week is being marked this week to raise awareness about the symptoms of stroke and importance of taking treatment for recovery.

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