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What are the chances of recovery after a stroke?

Recovery from stroke is a long process that can continue over several years. Most of the recovery occurs in the first 2-3 years, and especially the first 6 months. Rehabilitation needs to continue in hospital, rehabilitation services via organization support, home and residential care.

Approximately one-third of stroke patients recover their lost functions fully or almost fully, and get back to their pre-stroke activities within a year.

About 50% of stroke survivors under the age of 65 return to work.

However at one-year after a stroke, about two-thirds of stroke survivors will have some level of disability, ranging from light and moderate to very severe.

What are the possible medical complications after a stroke?


If a person does survive a stroke, as many people do, they may have permanent or temporary disability due to the damage to the brain caused by the stroke.

Possible effects after  a stroke are:

Approximately two thirds of stroke survivors have partial or complete loss of movement and strength in a hand and/or leg on one side of the body. Partial loss of movement and strength is called paresis, complete loss is called paralysis.

80-90% suffer from confusion, and problems with thinking and memory.

30% have communication problems such as an inability to speak or understand spoken language.

30% have difficulty swallowing, called dysphagia.

10% have vision problems such as complete or partial blindness, or double vision.

10% have impaired coordination, called ataxia.

30% have problems in right-left orientation.

Up to 70% suffer from mood disorders, including depression.

20% develop pain in the shoulder.

Less that 10% may develop seizures or epilepsy, especially after an intracerebral hemorrhage.

Without adequate prevention, 20% develop a chest infection within one month of stroke and 10-20% develop bedsores and/or skin infection.

Other possible complications are falls, joint deformities and contractures (where joints cannot fully bend or stretch), urinary tract infection, constipation, pulmonary embolism and heart attack (myocardial infarction).


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