Recovering from Stroke: What to Expect

Having a stroke is a life-changing event. Learn about the recovery process.

A stroke is a disruption in blood flow to the brain due to blockage or bleeding. Without oxygen-rich blood, brain tissue dies. 

The truth is, every stroke victim's journey and recovery is different because symptoms vary and each victim's ability to overcome or live with the results differs from one person to the next.

What happens after a stroke
Because a stroke damages the brain, the side effects range from physical to cognitive and emotional. The effects of stroke include: 

  • Changes in speech
  • Muscle weakness
  • Vision loss
  • Onset of seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Memory loss
  • Incontinence
  • Depression

Rehabilitation
Recovering from a stroke is a life-long process that begins with rehabilitation. The purpose is to relearn basic skills and improve functions so the patient can become independent again.

If you suffer from a stroke, you may meet with various therapists to improve the functions that were lost or to help you move forward with the changes:

  • Occupational therapists help you relearn and improve your daily activity skills.
  • Speech therapists help you with not only speech, but also any swallowing issues.
  • Physical therapists aid in recapturing your mobility and teach you how to move with limited mobility.

Find support
Stroke recovery comes with a level of frustration. The activities you did before, like dressing yourself, become difficult or impossible. 

It is important to surround yourself with helpful and supportive friends and family members. Consider joining a support group so that you can connect with others are who going through the same struggles.

Preventing another stroke
Adopting lifestyle changes to prevent future strokes is a part of the recovery process. Your doctor will likely prescribe medications to keep your blood pressure in check and prevent other blockages. In addition, including a healthy diet into your post-stroke life is a preventative measure.

The Certified Primary Stroke Care Center at Oak Hill Hospital offers rapid response when a stroke strikes you someone you love. With a multidisciplinary team approach, our staff will develop a treatment plan specific to you. For more information, visit us online or call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5120 to request a physician referral.

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