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Brits lack stroke awareness

10th May 2007

A survey has revealed a low level of stroke awareness in the UK, with fewer British respondents able to describe what a stroke is in comparison to their European counterparts.

Just 64 per cent of Britons could identify a stroke as a brain attack caused by a clot or bleed in the brain, compared to 83 per cent of Spaniards and 77 per cent of Germans.

More than one in ten people in Britain think a stroke is linked to the heart.

Joe Korner, director of communications at the Stroke Association, said: "This survey highlights a worrying lack of understanding about how serious a stroke is among the British public and the risks that people are prepared to take with their health.

"Even more worryingly, one in four British people said they would not take regular prescription medicine even if they know it would reduce their risk of stroke."

However, Brits did demonstrate some areas in which they would make lifestyle changes for the sake of their health.

In comparison to their European counterparts, Brits are more likely to give up smoking to reduce their risk of stroke. Some 11 per cent of Britons would not give up smoking compared to 22 per cent of Germans.