Torfaen Stroke Support and Social Group
Have you suffered with a Stroke?
Do you care for someone who has suffered with a stroke?
Are you looking for help, advice and support?
Then our group could be for you or your carer!
Thank you for visiting the Webster page for Torfaen Stroke Support and Social Group. We are a newly formed group with the aim of providing help, support and advice to those who have suffered a stroke and also for the people who care for them.
The group is currently in a development phase and we look forward to expanding and being able to help more and more people. Please use the contact information on this page to get in touch if you have any immediate questions about who we are and what we do. In the near future this page will grow to include more information.
What is a stroke?
A stroke, also known as cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is an acute neurologic injury in which the blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted. That is, stroke involves sudden loss of neuronal function due to disturbance in cerebral perfusion. This disturbance in perfusion is commonly arterial, but can be venous.
The part of the brain with disturbed perfusion no longer receives adequate oxygen. This initates the ischemic cascade which causes brain cells to die or be seriously damaged, impairing local brain function. Stroke is a medical emergency and can cause permanent neurologic damage or even death if not promptly diagnosed and treated. It is the third leading cause of death and adult disability in the United States and industrialized European nations. On average, a stroke occurs every 45 seconds and someone dies every 3 minutes. Of every 5 deaths from stroke, 2 occur in men and 3 in women.