Jon Barrick, the chief executive of the Stroke Association said that having a stroke can leave survivors and families "shocked, shaken and anxious" as their lives are often changed in an instant.
Strokes affect around 152,000 people in the UK every year, the brain damage caused by strokes means that they are the largest cause of adult disability.
The Stroke Association has today warned that many stroke survivors feel "abandoned" when they leave hospital.
- A poll of 2,700 stroke survivors across the UK found that 42% said they felt abandoned after leaving hospital
- And 59% admitted that they felt depressed and two thirds said they experienced anxiety as a direct result of their stroke
- But despite this, nearly four fifths received no information or practical advice to help them cope with the emotional impact of stroke
A charity has warned that too many stroke survivors feel "abandoned" when they leave hospital.
Too many are left without the support they need to help them cope with the emotional impact of a stroke, the Stroke Association said.
A new report from the charity found that the emotional strain on patients and their families when they return home from hospital is "underestimated" and "often overlooked" by health and social care services.