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Chris Tarrant 'suffered mini-stroke on 11-hour flight'

Chris Tarrant has spent a week in hospital after suffering a mini-stroke on an 11-hour plane journey, his agent has told The Sun.

Chris Tarrant suffered the mini-stroke after an 11-hour flight. Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Who Want to be Millionaire presenter, 67, was rushed from Heathrow Airport to hospital in West London after falling ill on a plane from Burma.

At first doctors thought he had suffered an asthma attack, before discovering a potentially fatal blood clot in his leg.

Tarrant's agent Paul Vaughan told the paper (£): “The doctor describes it as a mini stroke, probably brought on by the asthma and bronchitis on the plane. They found a clot which they managed to break up."

He added: “He is determined to leave hospital. But he’s not going back to work. This is a nasty wake-up call.”

Eating oily fish 'can delay loss of brain cells'

Eating oily fish can delay the breakdown of brain cells in later life, slowing the ageing process, a study has found.

Eating oily fish like salmon can ward off strokes and dementia, research suggests. Credit: PA

People with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish like salmon and anchovies, also preserve bigger brains as they aged, research revealed.

In particular, they maintain more nerve cells in the hippocampus, the brain's key memory centre.

Scientist Dr James Pottala, from the University of South Dakota said: "Results suggest the effect on brain volume is the equivalent of delaying the normal loss of brain cells that comes with ageing by one to two years."

BHF urge people to check pulse to reduce risk of stroke

Checking your pulse is a simple way of seeing if you are at risk of a heart condition that could lead to strokes, the chief executive of the British Heart Foundation has said, after new research revealed that more than a million people had been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.

Simon Gillespie said:

The real danger with atrial fibrillation is that some people don't realise they have it. You can be going about your daily routine oblivious to the fact you're five times more likely to have a devastating stroke.

[Only] through research can we tackle this dangerous disorder and prevent its devastating consequences.

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