Strokes are one of the leading causes of long-term disability in the country.
Areas of functioning that may be affected include mobility, personal care, communication, mood, personality, behaviour, memory and problem-solving ability.
Paralysis or weakness on one side of the body is the most obvious sign.
Like survivors, family members initially experience a wide range of feelings. These can include shock, relief (that their loved one survived), denial, fear, anxiety, anger and sadness.