Stroke is a sudden and devastating illness – however, many people are unaware of its widespread impact.
The Stroke Association’s State of the Nation report is a definitive, up-to-date, evidence-based and easy-to-understand set of statistics relating to stroke. It includes statistics on:
- risk factors
- stroke treatment and care
- the impact on the lives of stroke survivors.
The report reveals that in the UK almost two thirds (65%) of stroke survivors leave hospital with a disability. Around three quarters of stroke survivors have arm or leg weakness, around 60% have visual problems and around a half have difficulty swallowing and loss of bladder control. Communication is also affected in around a third of stroke survivors.