Recovering from a stroke

A stroke is a very serious health condition so it is important to allow a long period of time for recovery. Even patients that have suffered minor strokes will take a while to adapt back to normal life; you shouldn’t drive for at least a month and you should get plenty of rest. Patients that have had major strokes may experience many of the effects listed above, which may mean that they are no longer able to look after themselves; they may require aids to move around and will need constant care and attention.

During recovery, many patients that have had strokes will be advised to undergo physiotherapy, especially if they have experienced a loss of sensation or mobility. Physiotherapy helps to gradually increase muscle tone and strength and flexibility around the muscles, joints and connective tissue.

After a stroke, it is really important to look after yourself and try to reduce the possibility of having another stroke; this may involve taking up exercise and changing your diet. You may also be prescribed medication to control your blood pressure and reduce your cholesterol.

Guide to Stroke

Stroke Intro

Coping after stroke

Effects of stroke

Preventing a stroke

Recovering from a stroke

Symptoms of stroke

Transient ischaemic attack (TIA)

Treatment for stroke