When a person suffers a stroke, it means that the flow of blood to part of their brain has been cut off. Every year, more than 165,000 people will die of stroke. However, stroke is entirely treatable—as long as treatment begins as soon as possible. Even after stroke has been treated, however, the patient’s condition will continue to evolve for a certain period of time. Here are some questions you may have about recovering from stroke.
How long does it take to recover from stroke? Every patient’s recovery experience is different, and depends in part on the severity of the stroke and the extent of the damage to the brain. In some cases, patients will recover relatively quickly. Others, however, will spend months or even years relearning lost skills and adjusting to life after stroke.
Where do stroke patients live? In many cases, stroke patients can no longer live on their own, either because they cannot take care of themselves or because they need to be monitored during their recovery period. Patients can be cared for in a rehabilitation center, where they can receive therapy to recover their speech, mobility, and other abilities that have been affected by stroke. If patients are able to live at home, they may either visit a clinic for therapy or receive in-home care from a skilled nurse.
Will I be able to speak? Speech is one of the functions most commonly affected by stroke. Some patients completely lose their ability to speak, while others may slur their words or struggle to find the right word. However, working with a speech and language therapist helps many stroke patients to recover much, if not all, of their ability to communicate.
When you visit the certified Stroke Center at Brandon Regional Hospital, you can always count on receiving state-of-the-art treatment. Our skilled emergency team is available around the clock to care for you. Visit our website to learn more about our services, and call (888) 327-2636 for more information.