Health October 8, 2019
High numbers of stroke survivors facing uphill battle to rehabilitation

By Francesco Tamilia - Accountable Care Journal

New research by the Stroke Association has revealed that an extremely high number of stroke survivors – more than one million in the UK – live in constant fear of having another stroke.

The charity’s research also revealed that survivors are often too scared to talk about their experience. Over a third (37 per cent) of those taking part in the research (over a 1,000 Stroke survivors) said they didn’t want to worry anyone, or they were too afraid.

In addition to these concerning stats, the study also shows that many stroke survivors are facing their recovery alone. This leads nine in ten survivors (88 per cent) afraid they will not recover. However, according to Juliet Bouverie, Chief Executive of the Stroke Association, survivors must not feel hopeless. "Recovery is tough, but with the right specialist support, the brain can adapt after stroke," she said. "I’ve heard countless stories, and know countless people who, after many years continue to make remarkable recoveries”.

"I’ve heard countless stories, and know countless people who, after many years continue to make remarkable recoveries” - Juliet Bouverie, Chief Executive of the Stroke Association

Mrs Bouverie described these new stats as “truly shocking”, and added, “I am heartbroken to hear that stroke survivors felt they couldn’t speak to those closest to them about their biggest worries and fears”.

She also warned that experiencing self-isolation and being too afraid to ask for help can leave the survivors “in a very bad place emotionally – feeling like a prisoner in your own home”.

Although the speed of the recovery depends on different factors, including the severity of symptoms, the NHS suggests that counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can help to produce a more positive state of mind, which experts say is crucial in the rehabilitation process.

The Stroke Association’s Helpline is for everyone affected by stroke. If you are worried about anything, call 0303 3033 100 and get support from one of the trained helpline staff.

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