Recovering from a Stroke Includes Rehabilitation, Hard Work

Stroke is responsible for 1 out of every 20 deaths in the United States and is also one of the leading causes of serious longterm disability.

Stroke can be caused by a blocked artery, which is known as ischemic stroke, or the leaking or bursting of a blood vessel, which is hemorrhagic stroke. Unless there is early intervention, these situations will interrupt the blood flow to the brain, causing brain cells to die as they are deprived of necessary oxygen and nutrients.

The sooner the survivor can start rehabilitative therapies after a stroke, the better the outcome and chances for a full recovery.

The average stroke recovery time for most survivors is six months up to a year with adequate therapy. The goal of any stroke rehabilitation program is to get the survivor back to the highest level of independence and functionality possible. While stroke rehabilitation might be a long and arduous process for some, the importance of maintaining therapy cannot be stressed enough for a successful recovery. Rehabilitation often includes physical, occupational and speech therapies, often scheduled at least twice daily.

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