Three in 10 working-age stroke survivors have lost their job

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A new survey shows that three out of 10 working-age stroke survivors have lost their jobs as a result of having a stroke.

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The Stroke Association said the physical and emotional impact of having a stroke can be “serious” as it released the results of a survey of stroke survivors.

According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, around 100,000 strokes occur each year in the UK, causing 38,000 deaths, and are a leading cause of death and disability.


Stroke, which occurs when blood flow to part of the brain is cut off, is a medical emergency and even a short delay in treatment can be fatal or leave patients with life-changing disabilities.

New survey of 3,500 stroke survivors found:

  • 30% of people under the age of 60 who had survived a stroke said it directly caused them to lose their jobs.
  • 6% of people under the age of 60 said it caused them to lose their home.
  • 23% of stroke survivors under the age of 60 said their stroke had a negative effect on their relationship with their partner and 20% said they lost friends as a result.
  • 60% of stroke survivors under the age of 50 said they never recovered emotionally from the effects of having a stroke, compared to 44% of those over the age of 50.
  • Half of all stroke survivors surveyed said they had not physically recovered from their stroke.
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The charity released the poll results as it called on people to donate money to “give hope” to stroke survivors after a stroke.

It said that 76 per cent of stroke survivors said that hope played a key role in their recovery.

The Stroke Association is trying to raise funds for its specialist services, including a helpline, peer support service, support groups and support coordinators.

Juliette Bouverie, chief executive of the Stroke Association, said: “Every five minutes, someone in the UK will have a stroke and in an instant, their life changes.

“Two-thirds of people who survive stroke find themselves living with a disability.

“The physical effects of a stroke are serious, but for many people, the emotional aspects of having a stroke are just as important.

“Finding hope is an important part of the recovery process. Without it, recovery can seem impossible.

“At the Stroke Association, we help people find this 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 been more expanded.

“We urgently need the support of the public to help us continue to support stroke survivors to rebuild their lives.”

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