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A stroke can have dire effects on the body and brain. According to the National Stroke Association, general recovery guidelines show:

  • 10 percent of stroke survivors recover almost completely
  • 25 percent recover with minor impairments
  • 40 percent experience moderate to severe impairments requiring special care
  • 10 percent require care in a nursing home or other long-term care facility
  • 15 percent die shortly after the stroke

Depending on which area of the brain is damaged and the severity of the attack, stroke can cause five types of disabilities, including:

  • Paralysis
  • Sensory disturbances including pain
  • Problems speaking and understanding language
  • Issues with thinking and memory
  • Emotional disturbances

The overall goal of stroke rehabilitation is to ensure the stroke survivor is as independent as possible, and it's highly likely that some form of rehabilitation will be needed following a stroke. Rehabilitation often begins a soon as a patient is stable, sometimes as soon as 24 hours after the stroke.

Stroke rehabilitation may involve physicians, mental health professionals as well as physical, occupational, recreational, speech-language and vocational therapists.

To learn more about stroke recovery and rehabilitation, visit or the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.