Impact of a Stroke


The abilities that are affected will depend on what part of the brain the stroke happens and what is controlled by that part of the brain.

Nearly half of stroke survivors can be left disabled with features like:

  • Weakness or paralysis on one side of their body
  • Speech and language difficulties
  • Difficulties in perception and cognition
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings and emotional problems

Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and the third biggest killer in Britain.

Stroke is often thought of affecting older people. While the majority of people who have a stroke are over 65, a sizeable proportion (20%) are younger than the age of retirement.

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