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Video: Comedians unite for Action on Stroke Month 2014

6th May 2014
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Some of Britain’s top comedic talents and famous faces have joined forces to mark Action on Stroke Month by telling their favourite jokes in support of the Stroke Association’s campaign about mini-stroke: Not just a funny turn.

Tim Vine, Paul O’Grady, Mel Giedroyc, Tim Piggot Smith, Honor Blackman and Stephen K Amos are among the stars backing the campaign sharing their favourite and silliest jokes and one-liners to highlight the cause.

The campaign has been launched by the Stroke Association to raise awareness of mini-stroke. Thousands of people put themselves at risk of a stroke by dismissing the passing symptoms as ‘just a funny turn’, and are unaware that they are, in fact, having a mini-stroke.

Each year around 46,000 people in the UK have a mini-stroke for the first time. The symptoms are the same as a stroke except that they last no longer than 24 hours – and, worryingly, they are on the rise amongst young people.   

The risk of stroke in the first few days following a mini-stroke is highest and it should be treated as a medical emergency. Call 999 when the symptoms appear.

If mini-stroke (also known as a TIA or transient ischaemic attack) is treated in time, around 10,000 strokes could be prevented annually and the NHS and care services could save more than £200m.

Watch the video below:

 

Action on Stroke Month is running for the third year this May. Find out more information here.




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