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​Bromsgrove stroke survivors in major new research programme

Press release   •   Sep 07, 2016 11:49 BST

Local stroke survivors have joined in a new stroke research program at the Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Centre in Bromsgrove on Monday 05 September.

STARR (stroke, technology and risk reduction) is a new research program, which will help stroke survivors manage their risk factors for recurrent stroke: a stroke that happens after someone has their first stroke.

Dr Shamim Quadir, Research Communications Manager from the Stroke Association, said: “The number of people who survive a first stroke is increasing, which is excellent news. However, stroke survivors are at high risk of experiencing the condition again, and the impact of a recurrent stroke can be devastating. It’s thought that the vast majority of recurrent strokes could be prevented. This latest workshop with the local community in Bromsgrove is a significant part of this research, and we hope it will help prevent future generations experience a recurrent stroke.”

Steve Wright, 60, from Bromsgrove had a stroke in August 2008, which affected his speech and the movement in his right hand side. He said: “The workshop was really interesting and I’d definitely take part again. As well as talking about the risk factors for stroke, like exercise, diet and high blood pressure, it was really useful to share ideas and tips with other stroke survivors about techniques we’ve used during our recovery. I’ve found ways to help build my strength and mobility by doing everyday tasks, such as washing up and getting dressed, and it was great to share this advice with the group.”

STARR is led by a team which includes stroke survivors, commercial healthcare companies, hospitals, as well as technology research groups from seven countries. The workshop was run by the Stroke Association’s EU Research Manager, Dr Gary Randall, along with guest researcher, Professor Charlotte Magnusson from Lund University, Sweden.

To find out more about STARR, visit: http://strk.org.uk/1XQJIrC. For more information about stroke, call our helpline on 0303 303 3100.

A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is one of the largest causes of disability. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke.  

Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at www.stroke.org.uk