A tool which helps stroke survivors find out which conditions they are most at risk of developing has been praised by the NHS.

My Stroke Guide, developed by the Stroke Association, gives free access to trusted information about different types of stroke, risk factors and secondary conditions.

It also gives advice on preventing and improving your own health.

The website includes practical tools and over 200 videos to help people understand stroke and manage its effects.

This includes a dedicated section for family and friends which provides information on the impact of stroke and advice about supporting loved ones.

Professor Tony Rudd, national clinical director for Stroke at NHS England said: “World stroke day is an opportunity to highlight the work being done to prevent and improve stroke care, and this is a useful resource for stroke survivors and their families.

“The long term plan for the NHS will build on significant progress in stroke care over the past decade, which will mean we can save more lives, help more people stay healthy and help stroke survivors to continue to live well.”

Regional medical director, Dr Vin Diwakar, NHS England, said: “Strokes are frightening and can be devastating for anyone who experiences one and for their loved one, this new toolkit will mean that alongside NHS treatment, stroke survivors and their families will be able to get better care and support.”

To identify people most at risk of a stroke, NHS England is leading a national programme of work, with a number of partners including the Stroke Association, the British Heart Foundation, Public Health England and the British Association of Stroke Physicians, to improve identification and interventions across the range of conditions associated with stroke and cardiovascular disease.

Whilst stroke incidences and mortality rates have declined over the last few years, 70 per cent of strokes could still be prevented, including by limiting risk factors associated with stroke like obesity and smoking.#

The information contained on My Stroke Guide has been awarded an NHS England Information Standard quality mark.