Three in ten working-age stroke survivors have lost their jobs following a stroke, according to a new survey.
The Stroke Association said the physical and emotional impact of a stroke can be “serious” when it released the results of a survey of stroke survivors.
According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, some 100,000 strokes occur each year in the UK, resulting in 38,000 deaths and are one of the leading causes of death and disability.
Stroke, which occurs when blood flow to part of the brain is interrupted, is a medical emergency and even short treatment times can be fatal or leave patients with life-changing disabilities.
The new survey of 3,500 stroke survivors found:
– 30% of people under the age of 60 who survived a stroke said it directly led them to lose their jobs.
– 6% of those under 60 said it caused them to lose their home.
– 23% of stroke survivors under the age of 60 said their stroke had a negative impact on their relationship with their partner and 20% said they lost friends as a result.
– 60% of stroke survivors under 50 reported never having recovered emotionally from the impact of a stroke, compared to 44% over 50.
– Half of all stroke survivors surveyed said they had not physically recovered from their stroke.
The charity released the survey results as it called on people to donate funds to give âhopeâ to stroke survivors after stroke.
He said 76% of stroke survivors said hope played an important role in recovery.
The Stroke Association tries to raise funds for its specialist services, including a helpline, peer support service, support groups and support coordinators.
Juliet Bouverie, Managing Director of the Stroke Association, said: âEvery five minutes someone in the UK will have a stroke and in a flash their life changes.
âTwo-thirds of people who survive stroke end up with a disability.
âThe physical impact of a stroke is serious, but for many, the emotional aspects of coming to terms with having a stroke are just as important.
âRegaining hope is a critical part of the recovery process. Without it, recovery may seem impossible.
âAt The Stroke Association, we support and help people regain that hope and rebuild their lives, but with 1.3 million people in the UK now living with the effects of stroke, our services have never was also extensive.
âWe urgently need public support to help us continue to help stroke survivors rebuild their lives. “
– The association has asked people to donate through its website: stroke.org.uk/hopeafterstroke