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More support and online advice available for stroke survivors

More than 7,000 people in Wales have a stroke every year. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Stroke survivors will be given more support and advice to aid their road to recovery. Patients will now have access to a new online advice guide which has been launched by the Stroke Association.

It comes in response to concerns from survivors that once they leave hospital, they can feel isolated and unsure about how to deal with the changes to their lives.

More than 7,000 people in Wales have a stroke every year.

Heidi says she was lucky to have support around her, but many survivors of stroke aren't so fortunate. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Heidi Matthews is one of the 67,000 stroke survivors in Wales. She faced a huge challenge in getting her life back.

Two and a half years ago, Heidi had a stroke which left her unable to walk or talk and was being fed through a tube.

At her lowest point she said she wanted to die because of the pain.

"I say I want to die because I couldn't cope with it and that's horrible. And I feel like that at the time, I want to die. No pain killer would kill that pain." Heidi says.

67,000
stroke survivors in Wales

She says she was lucky to have support around her, but many survivors of stroke aren't so fortunate. She says the online guide has helped her communicate with other survivors.

We've done research which shows a large number of stroke survivors feel isolated, particularly when leaving hospital as well when many can feel they've moved off a cliff edge, which is why we've developed My Stroke Guide so people can access advice and support to help them make the best possible recovery.

– Matt O'Grady, Stroke Association