People who survive strokes often feel abandoned after leaving hospital, it has been claimed.
According to the Stroke Association, many patients do not receive the support they need when they return home and are just left to deal with the after effects of the condition on their own.
A poll of 2,700 people commissioned by the charity found that 59 per cent of stroke survivors felt depressed when leaving hospital, while 42 per cent felt abandoned.
Jon Barrick, the charity’s chief executive, said: "Stroke leaves survivors and families shocked, shaken and anxious as their lives are often irreversibly changed in an instant."
He added that better recognition of the issue is needed from health and social care professionals in order for people to get the correct level of support.
Stroke affects around 152,000 people in the UK each year and is the largest cause of disabilities in adults.
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