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The emotional impact of a stroke is too often overlooked and should be given the same priority as physical rehabilitation, campaigners say.
A survey of more than 2,700 survivors and their carers in the UK found many had experienced emotional suffering.
More than half of the stroke survivors surveyed said they had felt depressed and two-thirds reported anxiety.
But 42% told the Stroke Association they felt they had been abandoned after their physical needs had been seen to.
Of the carers who took part in the poll, eight in 10 had experienced anxiety and frustration.
Strokes affect about 152,000 people in the UK every year. The brain damage caused by the condition means it is the largest cause of adult disability in the UK.
There are now more than a million stroke survivors in the UK - a figure set to rise because of the ageing population.
Stroke Association chief executive Jon Barrick said: "Stroke leaves survivors and families shocked, shaken and anxious as their lives are often irreversibly changed in an instant.
"Better recognition by health and social care professionals of the impact of stroke will help people to be properly assessed and get the right support."
Depressed women twice as likely to have a stroke: Health risk applies to those in their 40s and 50s warns major new study
Women in their 40s and 50s with depression are more than twice as likely to suffer a stroke, warns a landmark study.
Striking evidence suggests that the condition makes them more vulnerable in this age group – younger than previously expected.
In the 12-year study of thousands of women aged 47 to 52, it was found those with depression were 2.4 times more likely to suffer a stroke compared to those without.
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Those who ignore symptoms of a TIA (transient ischaemic attack) or mini-stroke are running the risk of having a major stroke, the Stroke Association warns.
TIA causes similar symptoms to a stroke, such as speech problems, but may last only a few minutes.
A survey of TIA patients found more than one in three had dismissed their symptoms as just a "funny turn".
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Stroke care needs to be centralised in large specialist units in a radical shake-up of hospitals, experts say.
A study led by University College London found the overhaul of services in London which focused care at eight centres was saving 96 lives a year.
In comparison less far-reaching changes in Greater Manchester had less impact.
England's national stroke director Prof Tony Rudd said the research showed centralisation of care should now be spread to all urban areas.
How emergency care is organised is a pressing issue in the health service.
Last year NHS England proposed creating a network of major centres to do the most complex care.
This has already started for stroke with London and Greater Manchester undergoing reorganisations in recent years.
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Playing simple card games, such as snap, can help stroke patients with their recovery, say Canadian researchers. The scientists found it improved patients' motor skills. Playing Jenga, bingo or a games consol like Wii worked equally well.
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