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The lasting impact of stroke

Stroke is an acquired brain injury, and stroke is the leading cause of complex disability in adults. Its effects are physical and psychological.

Research has shown that:

  • Half of all survivors have a disability or difficulty long-term
  • 1/3 will experience aphasia - a communications disability
  • 1/3 will experience depression and low mood after stroke, and this is more prevalent in older people
  • Nearly three-quarters of stroke survivors say they lack confidence
  • 2/3 stroke affected people live in fear of another stroke
  • 44% find it difficult to talk about their stroke and its effects, and many couples find their relationship under severe strain after stroke - many do break up

  • Whilst the median age to experience a stroke is 77, it can affect anyone at any age

(Sources: Stroke Association; SSNAP - Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme)



Support after stroke

For more information about stroke and other organisations that can help click here

For more about how Bristol After Stroke can help you click here

Bristol After Stroke is registered in England and Wales under charity number 287554 at The Gatehouse Centre, Hareclive Road, Hartcliffe, Bristol, BS13 9JN. We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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