This was of grave concern to the Stroke Association, as the over 65s is at the greatest risk of having a stroke.
The Chief Executive of Stroke Association, Juliet Bouverie, commented: “Stoicism kills and the British sense of ‘keep calm and carry on’ doesn’t save lives.
“It’s really worrying to see that the people most at risk of stroke are most likely to die at home because they were too frightened of bothering the emergency services – your life matters.
“Stroke is a brain attack. When you see the signs of stroke, you need to raise the alarm right away by calling 999.”
What’s a stroke?
Like all organs, the brain needs oxygen and nutrients provided by blood to function, says the NHS.
When the blood flow to the brain is restricted or stopped, brain cells begin to die.
A stroke can lead to brain injury, disability and possibly death – hence it’s vital to call the emergency services.
There are two main causes of a stroke: ischaemic and haemorrhage. The first one accounts for 85 percent of all cases of strokes.
Public Health England stated that hospital admissions are down 38 percent from what is expected at this time of year.
Professor Martin James, the Consultant Stroke Physician at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, had a few words to say.
“On my acute stroke unit in Exeter, and across the country, stroke specialists have seen striking reductions in the number of people coming into hospital with the symptoms of stroke during the coronavirus pandemic,” he began.
“But our hospitals remain well equipped and ready to treat stroke patients safely and so we would say to the Great British public, despite everything else that is going on, stroke is still a medical emergency.”