It's something that affects thousands of people every year and now patients in our region will be among the first in the country to benefit from a new treatment to reduce the risk of strokes.
It's a small device implanted into the heart to stop blood clots.
Stan Rogers from Brampton in Cumbria is one of the first people in the country to benefit from the treatment, which is an alternative to blood thinning drugs. Lucy Taylor reports.
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A pioneering scheme to get people out of their houses and onto the buses has been launched in Cumbria. It involves a team of volunteer 'bus buddies' who accompany passengers, and help them navigate routes and timetables.
For some it's about getting their independence back after losing their driving licence due to ill health. For others, it's simply about having a friend to travel with.
Katie Oakes joined them on the bus to Carlisle.
A pioneering scheme to help people who use buses in rural areas has been launched in Brampton in Cumbria.
The team of volunteer 'bus buddies' want to help people who may be using public transport for the first time, or are nervous about navigating the routes and timetables.
David Shepherd started the initiative last week after seeing the success of a similar scheme in Clitheroe in East Lancashire.
"It's about getting people out of their houses and giving them their independence back. We hope to help people who will then team up and help each other to get into town and further afield."
Rain and wind in Cumbria caused train disruption on the Newcastle-Carlisle and Carlisle-Whitehaven lines and flooding near the river Lyne.Read the full story ›
A mudslide in Cumbria has stopped all train services between Newcastle and Carlisle.
Network Rail workers are currently on-site trying to pump mud and slurry off the tracks.
Despite earlier indications that the line would re-open at 12, Network Rail said they are doing "everything they can" but could not confirm a time for the service to return to normal.
Replacement bus services are in place.
Mud on the line has suspended all services between Carlisle and Newcastle.
The line is has been closed since 9am this morning and expected to reopen at around 12noon once the debris on the line just outside Brampton has been cleared.
A spokesman from ScotRail said: "We would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused by this incident, which was beyond our control."
Replacement bus services are running between Carlisle and Hexham and Hexham and Newcastle.
Train services between Newcastle and Carlisle have been suspended due to a landslide in Cumbria.
ScotRail, Northern Rail and East Coast are all affected after the landslip between Brampton and Haltwhistle.
On the eve of the centenary of World War One a number of memorial services have been taking place across Cumbria an the South of Scotland.
Lori Carnochan has been along to one of the services in Brampton:
Glory is the bionic dog with a tale that's bound to make to you smile.
A year ago we told you about her, a street dog from Romania who'd had three paws amputated.
Well, now, she's been fitted with prosthetic legs and appears to be enjoying her new life in the Cumbrian town of Brampton. Katie Hunter reports:
Last year we met Glory, a Romanian street dog who had three paws amputated.
She's now been adopted by a family in Brampton who raised more than £3,000 for prosthetic legs to give Glory a new lease of life.
You can watch her transformation below: