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What to Expect from Stroke Recovery

Last updated 4 years ago

When you have a stroke, emergency care should be your first priority. In the emergency room, you’ll have diagnostic testing and acute care services to save as much brain tissues as possible. Once your condition is stabilized, the real healing begins. Recovering from a stroke is a lifelong process, and it’s different for each patient. Although your personal symptoms will impact your recovery process, here are a few things you can expect.

Brain Recovery

It is nearly impossible to predict how your brain will recover after a stroke. For some patients, brain damage is only temporary, and the cells that were compromised during the stroke will heal themselves. In other cases, another region of the brain may take over the role played by the part that was damaged in your stroke, so you regain those functions. Brain damage and associated loss of function is permanent for some stroke survivors. Your aftercare plan may need to be changed along the way as your brain recovers.


Most stroke survivors require in-patient rehabilitation services. The nature of the services you need depends on the severity of your symptoms and which region of your brain was affected. Occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, and more may be required. After your complete in-patient rehabilitation, you will likely need to continue rehabilitation on an outpatient basis.

Home Care

Depending on how severe your symptoms are, you may need home care services when you leave the hospital. With home care, you can receive medical services at home and learn more about how to care for yourself. Home care can also provide education for you and your family about things like preventing a future stroke.

Palms of Pasadena Hospital’s Stroke Center provides the care you need during and after a stroke to ensure the best possible recovery. Our St. Petersburg hospital also offers monthly educational classes in stroke awareness and prevention. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of a stroke, come to our emergency room immediately for fast treatment. Learn more about our stroke care and other hospital services by calling (855) 245-8328.


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