Stroke affects more than 53,000 Australians every year and is Australia's second single greatest killer after heart disease.
Contrary to popular belief, a stroke does not only affect the elderly. Although two thirds of strokes occur in people over 65 years of age, young people can and do suffer strokes, sometimes at the peak of their working lives.
Entire families are affected when a member is disabled, often permanently by a stroke.
Last Reviewed: 08 January 2008