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Number of stroke survivors set to rise by half in 2035, according to new report

The number of stroke survivors living in Wales is set to rise by 50% to more than 100,000 people in 2035, according to a new report published by the Stroke Association.

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The charity also warns that about a third (35,000) of those people will be living with long-term disabilities.

There are warnings that this could have an impact in the NHS in Wales unless more is done to prevent strokes.

Stroke survivors in Wales, according to the Stoke Association.

The fact is that most strokes are preventable but there's still a lot we don't know.

This report highlights some of the key areas that desperately need investment.

We are currently funding a number of smaller studies focusing on stroke prevention, including blood pressure management, treatments for atrial fibrillation (AF), and the prevention of haemorrhagic stroke.  

The annual number of stroke survivors is expected to increase dramatically by 2035 and the cost to the NHS in Wales is set to almost treble from £133 million in 2015 to £379 million in 2035. It's clear that we need to act now to prevent Wales from sleepwalking towards a stroke crisis.

– Ross Evans, Director for the Stroke Association in Wales

More people are surviving strokes in Wales with 22% fewer deaths from strokes since 2010.

Staff skills and expertise are continually improving and the Stroke Implementation Group formed in 2013 continues to support the delivery of effective person centred stroke care in Wales.

– Welsh Government spokesperson