Violent stroke advert taken off air

A “macabre and violent” ad aiming to raise stroke awareness has been banned from television after the Advertising Standards Board upheld several complaints.

The National Stroke Foundation ad showed a man, dressed in black and depicted as a serial killer, cutting into a human brain with a scalpel and then smashing a second brain with a hammer.

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The ad told viewers that stroke was a “silent serial