What is a stroke? 

A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. 

Symptoms of a stroke 

The main symptoms of a stroke can be remembered with the acronym F.A.S.T.

  • Face: The fact has have dropped on one side and the person may be unable to smile or open their mouth fully. 
  • Arms: The person may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of weakness in one arm 
  • Speech: The person's speech may be slurred or stuttered and/or the person may not be able to talk at all 
  • Time: If you notice any of these symptoms it is time to call 999. 


People who survive a stroke are often left with long-term problems caused by injury to their brain. 

Some people need a long period of rehabilitation before they can recover their former independence, and some may never fully recover and will need to make necessary adjustments to their daily life. 


Here at BASIC, we use a number of rehabilitation methods for those who suffer from a stroke. A lot of our patients suffer from a number of problems post stroke [listed below] and can be treated using the following methods. 

We also run a vocational rehabilitation programme to advice with a back-to-work strategy and if needed benefits advice. 

Stoke Prevention

You can significantly reduce your risk of stroke through leading a healthy lifestyle: 

  • Eating a healthy diet 
  • Taking regular exercise 
  • Drinking alcohol in moderation 
  • Not Smoking