Stroke

This section provides information for people affected by stroke conditions. 

You may be:

  • A patient affected by stroke
  • A carer looking after someone affected by stroke
  • A family member looking for general information about stroke
  • A member of the public looking for information on how to reduce your risk of having a stroke.

This section covers transient ischaemic attacks (TIA’s), stroke, stroke in younger people and information for carers.  There is also information on how to reduce your risk of stroke conditions. The information is organised to follow the journey of someone who has been affected by these conditions. 

Please note: A stroke is also known as a Brain Attack and is a medical emergency.  If you experience symptoms of a stroke, please seek medical help urgently.  

The information contained in this section has been adapted from Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland leaflets on stroke conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Having a stroke is a major life event which often happens out of the blue and brings unexpected changes to people’s lives.

This section provides answers to some of the commonly asked questions about stroke.

Preventing a stroke

This information journey provides details on ways to reduce the risk of stroke through healthy living and by being aware of any risk factors you may have.

This information can be for people with no history of stroke illness (primary prevention) or those who have had a TIA or mini stroke and those who have had a previous stroke (secondary prevention).

What is a stroke?

This information journey explains what a stroke is, what to expect in the recovery process and where to get help.

Stroke in younger people

Stroke is often considered an illness of old age, but many young people can be affected by stroke too.

This information journey explores some of the issues experienced by younger people affected by stroke.

Transient ischaemic attacks (TIA’s)

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is sometimes referred to as a mini stroke. The symptoms are very similar to those of a stroke but the difference is that they pass. This can mean an episode can last for as short as minutes to hours, but not longer than 24 hours.

Please note: A TIA should be treated as a medical emergency - if you experience symptoms of TIA, please seek medical help urgently.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, if untreated, can damage blood vessels and lead to serious problems including strokes, angina, heart attacks and heart failure. The good news is that by detecting high blood pressure and treating it, these problems can be prevented.

This information journey provides information about the symptoms and causes of high blood pressure and how it can be managed through lifestyle changes and medication.

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a condition which results in an irregular, and often fast, heart beat. The irregular beat, or arrhythmia, is caused by abnormal electrical impulses in the heart and can be a complication of a number of diseases. Severe symptoms can be life-threatening but most people with AF have no or only mild symptoms.

This information journey provides information about the symptoms and causes of AF, the tests and treatments and how to manage AF.

Communication problems following stroke: Aphasia

This section explains abut aphasia - a communication problem which can occur following stroke. Aphasia affects the ability to use and understand spoken and written language.

Swallowing problems following stroke: Dysphagia

This section explains about swallowing problems following stroke, know as dysphagia. It explains what the signs are that someone has dysphagia and ways it can be helped.

Sex after stroke illness

This section looks at some of the issues involved in being sexually active after stroke and will hopefully answer any questions that you may have.

Air travel information

This section provides key information for people who want to fly following a stroke or TIA.

ST/ART Project

The ST/ART Project is a Stroke and Art Project run by Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust and involves including art as part of rehabilitation for people affected by stroke or brain injury in Tayside.