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Medline NLM definition for Stroke (Cerebrovascular accident): A sudden, nonconvulsive loss of neurologic function due to an ischemic or hemorrhagic intracranial vascular event. In general, cerebrovascular accidents are classified by anatomic location in the brain, vascular distribution, etiology, age of the affected individual, and hemorrhagic vs. nonhemorrhagic nature. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, pp777-810)

Stroke: information from the NHS website

Stroke: information from Patient UK website

Stroke assessment booklet from the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)

Stroke: factsheet from NINDS, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (US site)

National Institute on Aging: US site from NINDS, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, aimed at older adults

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) factsheet: NINDS, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.  (US site)

Read-Right: Read-Right aims to provide free rehabilitation to patients with Hemianopic Alexia. This is a specific reading disorder related to visual impairment usually caused by a stroke or head injury.  Funded by the Stroke Association.

PubMed Medline search on Stroke

Support groups

The Stroke Association
The Association works to prevent stroke through research and health education, and provides direct help for stroke people and their families through its community and welfare services.

Different Strokes
Different Strokes is a registered charity providing a unique, free service to younger stroke survivors throughout the United Kingdom.

Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland
Gives information, advice and support to people in Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke illness. Funds research and supports community based stroke, cardiac and chest groups.

The Stroke Network (US site)
An online stroke support and information group designed to help everyone in the stroke family.

Healthtalk: Stroke
Researchers travelled all around the UK to talk to 73 people in their own homes. Find out what people said about issues such as diagnosis, physical changes after the stroke and impact on work and family.

Brain and Spine Foundation
Information on living with a neurological condition and on diagnosis. There are publications and resources. The useful glossary of neurological conditions (under 'Information and support') includes links to some other organisations as well as to Brain and Spine Foundation information.

Neurological Alliance
Collective voice for 80 organisations, including stroke and brain injury. Organisations are listed at https://www.neural.org.uk/our-members/, a good place to start if looking for information on those conditions. Site also includes information about living with a neurological condition, a glossary, and information about onset and diagnosis as well as a small set of real life stories.

NHS Inform: brain, nerves and spinal cord 
NHS inform is Scotland's national health information service, with the aim of providing the people in Scotland with accurate and relevant information to help them make informed decisions about their own health and the health of the people they care for.