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Hilgay butcher backs Stroke Association’s campaign

Dent's Butchers, Hilgay has a Mammoth Woolly Wall competition to raise money for Tapping House. Ali Dent. www.lynnnews.co.uk/buyaphoto ENGANL00120120729234402

Dent's Butchers, Hilgay has a Mammoth Woolly Wall competition to raise money for Tapping House. Ali Dent. www.lynnnews.co.uk/buyaphoto ENGANL00120120729234402

A butcher who suffered a mini stroke is helping to raise awareness of the condition.

Ali Dent initially thought he was having a migraine after waking up feeling unwell and struggling to speak.

When his condition did not improve after five days, Mr Dent went to his GP and was then referred to a stroke unit which confirmed he had suffered a transient ischaemic attack, a temporary disruption in the blood supply to part of the brain.

Every year, around 46,000 people in the UK have a mini-stroke for the first time

Now Mr Dent, 56, of Hilgay, is helping to raise awareness of a report undertaken by The Stroke Association.

A new report undertaken by the association shows that if treated in time around 10,000 strokes could be prevented annually and save more than £200 million. Thousands of people put the symptoms down to a “funny turn.”

Mr Dent said: “I would urge people to go to the doctors straight away.

“I was quite lucky.”

The symptoms of a stroke or mini-stroke usually come on suddenly. Other symptoms, sometimes associated with TIA, can include weakness or numbness on one side of the body, loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes, memory loss, confusion or a sudden fall.

 

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