Belfast Telegraph

Campaign to teach public mini-stroke danger signs

By Claire Williamson

A new campaign aims to educate people about the signs and dangers of a mini-stroke, as research showed people in Northern Ireland aren't aware of them.

Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke's campaign 'Mini Stroke, Massive Warning' will highlight the fact that a mini-stroke is a key warning sign a stroke may be on the way.

The charity said one in 10 people who have a mini-stroke go on to have a full stroke within a week. Its survey revealed that two out of three of us don't know what a TIA - Transient Ischaemic Attack (the medical name for a mini-stroke) is.

Rugby player Chris Henry, who is one of the charity's ambassadors, suffered a mini-stroke before an international rugby match in 2014.

He said: "My story has a happy ending, but it has left me determined to raise awareness of mini-strokes."

He hopes the campaign will teach people to recognise the symptoms and call 999.

For more information visit www.nichs.org.uk

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