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Stroke victims 'affected by post-traumatic stress'

Stroke victims 'affected by post-traumatic stress'
2nd March 2009

A recent study by Durham University understands that the effects of a stroke could be much reduced should the patient receive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

The research, which was carried out with funding from the Clarke Lister Brain Haemorrhage Foundation and studied 100 brain haemorrhage survivors, found that one-third of those tested were positive for the disorder.

It meant that such people were having painful flashbacks and memories of their attack, showing both extreme anxiety and fatigue which affects recovery on the whole.

The Durham-based researchers, using the case study of Peter Chapman from Hartlepool, found that by treating this issue, patients affected by strokes can be helped in resuming their normal day-to-day existences before their debilitating haemorrhage.

Earlier this month, the treatment of strokes was highlighted by the Stroke Association, which stated that the FAST technique - identifying facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems - meant it was time to call 999.

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