Stroke and cardiovascular disease

A stroke is a serious, life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.

Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential because the sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.

Salford Royal is the Comprehensive Stroke Centre for the Greater Manchester Clinical Stroke Network.

Our Acute Stroke Unit, which treats people as soon as possible after symptoms start, has been providing specialist life-saving treatment for patients from across Greater Manchester since 2004.

Stroke research is an important part pf the stroke services at Salford and a wide range of studies involving stroke and the emergency conditions affecting the brain take place here.

The research we carry out looks at the causes and treatment of stroke.  We are also interested in bleeding that happens in the brain tissue (intracerebral haemorrhage) and within the area around the brain (subarachnoid haemorrhage).  The Hyper Acute Stroke Research Centre at  Salford  (which investigates, treats and cares for patients immediately after a stroke) has a team of dedicated research practitioners who identify inpatients eligible to take part in clinical trials – these could range from studies that begin just a few hours after having a stoke through to research into rehabilitation.

Researchers will be happy to talk to you about current studies that are going on and will support and help you if you do decide to take part. The Salford Hyper Acute Stroke Research Centre patient involvement group meets at Salford Royal four times a year to make sure the views of stroke patients, carers and the public are embedded at all levels of the research network and in all parts of the research process. If you are interested in joining or would like more information about stroke research, please call Catherine Keaveney on 0161 206 2188.

We work in partnership with other organisations such as The Stroke Association and the Brain and Spinal Injury Centre (BASIC).

For more information, please call us on 0161 206 2188 or email stroke.research@srft.nhs.uk.