Almost half (43 per cent) of all stroke survivors in the UK aged under 65 face financial hardship as a result of their stroke, according to the study.

The latest instalment of the Stroke Association’s Lived Experience report estimates that some 12,000 stroke survivors under 65 have had to sell their home amid rising costs and lower income after a stroke.

The findings show that 51 per cent of stroke survivors aged under 65 have to give up work or reduce their working hours following their stroke.

One in six say they have experienced discrimination, missed out on a promotion or faced an unsupportive employer.

Meanwhile, only 10 per cent have accessed benefits or a financial advice service.

The study is the second of four chapters in the Lived Experience report, which is based on over 11,000 responses from people affected by stroke.

Juliet Bouverie, chief executive of the Stroke Association, said: “Life changes instantly after a stroke, and the condition can have a huge cost, not only to people’s finances, but also to their health, independence and relationships.

“But not enough people realise the wider impacts that stroke can bring. Overnight, a partner becomes a carer. A breadwinner becomes jobless.

“These latest figures show that many stroke survivors are facing a life on the edge of poverty; many have had to give up work, and in some cases, face discrimination from their employers. This comes at a time when financial worries should be the last thing on their minds.”

There are currently over 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK, with a quarter of strokes happening to people of working age.

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