HC Deb 23 March 1989 vol 149 c769W
Mr. Fearn

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will give the number of stroke victims in the United Kingdom as a ratio of the population; how many such victims suffer serious or severe disability; and what assistance is available to them.

Mr. Freeman

Centrally collected statistics do not include total numbers of those suffering from "strokes" (acute cerebrovascular disease). However, it is believed that the total number in England and Wales is about 100,000 pa, about 1 in 500 of the population. In broad terms, one third of those who have strokes will suffer disability. After treatment for the acute condition, a range of hospital services is available to stroke victims, including rehabilitation, speech therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.