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Hertfordshire stroke support group going strong

30th March 2006

A stroke support group in Hertfordshire is helping to raise funds and awareness, according to the Comet.

The Life After Stroke Club from the Lister Hospital is lending support to stroke sufferers and those who are caring for a stroke victim.

Stroke nurse Chris O'Brien told the newspaper: "A stroke is the brain equivalent of a heart attack and is a medical emergency. It changes everything suddenly.

"Although not yet preventable, much can be done to speed up a patient's recovery and get them back on their feet again, literally, so that they start leading independent and fulfilling lives once again.

The club organises a large number of fund raising events and its next big occasion will be a disco at the Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre on Saturday May 6th.

Stroke is the UK's third biggest killer, with more than 150,000 people suffering a stroke every year; the majority of them over the age of 65.