Central Scotland MSP Monica Lennon has commended the work of the Stroke Association after meeting with representatives recently in the Scottish Parliament.
Stroke is one of the most common killers in Scotland and a leading cause of disability, with nearly 10,000 strokes occurring each year. There are over 128,000 stroke survivors living in Scotland.
The charity provides specialist support, funds critical research and campaigns to make sure those affected by stroke get the best care and help to rebuild their lives.
Scottish Labour and Co-operative representative Monica said: “It was interesting to meet with representatives of the Stroke Association and to hear about their important work across Scotland.
“In the Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse constituency area alone, there are 1,800 stroke survivors, and 11,400 people who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure – which shows just how needed the work of the Association is.
“Experiencing a stroke can have a devastating impact on someone’s life – as I learnt on the day, 65% of stroke survivors leave hospital with a disability.
“That’s why I’m backing the Stroke Association’s call for a progressive stroke service in Scotland.”