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“It reminds us that there is rising demand for support” Scots facing higher risk of stroke

“The data released today by Public Health Scotland illustrates that NHS staff are continuing to do great work in helping people survive stroke and heart disease under very tough circumstances.”

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The Scottish National Party have come under fire after latest figures showed that Scots were more likely to have a stroke than the rest of the UK population.

The data released by Public Health Scotland show that stroke rates in Scotland are a third higher than the rest of the UK.

In response to these figures, the Scottish Tories urged Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP to take immediate action, with Scottish Conservative shadow health secretary Sandesh Gulhane, saying: “It is extremely concerning that Scots are three times more likely to have a stroke than people elsewhere in the United Kingdom.

“Yet again it is also those from our most deprived communities who are suffering the most as a result of the SNP’s failed health strategies.”

The incidence rate of stroke was particularly higher in males than females at 29 per cent.

However, there is some good news, the number of people surviving stroke in Scotland is at its highest level in the last ten years.

Jane-Claire Hudson, Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland chief executive, says that the charity could help the National Care Service to provide much needed care and support, she says: “The data released today by Public Health Scotland illustrates that NHS staff are continuing to do great work in helping people survive stroke and heart disease under very tough circumstances. 

“However, it reminds us that there is rising demand for support to help people rebuild their lives once they get home from hospital.

 “People tell us that when they leave hospital is when they feel most scared and alone. That has very real consequences for their health and pressures on local health and care services. We need to see bold action to stop the crisis in community care from escalating.

“There is a huge opportunity for the forthcoming National Care Service to integrate with support services provided by charities such as CHSS to ensure that everyone living with chest, heart and stroke conditions can receive the support they need to live their lives to the full.

“We know that in partnership with the National Care Service, we can be part of the solution that provides people across Scotland with the care and support they need.”

John Watson, Associate Director of the Stroke Association in Scotland, says: “Stroke rates in Scotland are a third higher than for the UK as a whole. We need to see much faster progress if we are to reduce the devastating personal cost of stroke and bring Scotland more in line with its neighbours.

“Worryingly, this report shows that stroke incidence amongst men has actually increased slightly. And those in the most deprived areas are almost twice as likely to be discharged from hospital with a stroke, a gap that has widened in the last year.

“However, there is good news in the report too. Stroke mortality rates continue to decline, indicating that the standard of care and treatment provided by Scotland’s stroke community is helping deliver better outcomes for stroke patients. But even here, there is still much to do.

“We need to see concerted action to address Scotland’s unacceptably high stroke numbers.”

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