We now know that strokes can be treated. If the right actions are taken quickly after a stroke, a person may not have major long term disability. Recognising the symptoms of stroke and accessing treatment immediately is very important.
Knowledge of how the brain recovers after a stroke is limited and we still have a lot to learn. Some brain cells may only be temporarily damaged not killed, and may resume functioning. In some cases the brain compensates for the damaged cells and re-organises its functioning. Sometimes, another region of the brain takes over from a region damaged by stroke.
Recovery is a gradual process
Recovery varies from person to person – some may make a complete recovery, while others may be left with some disabilities or difficulties in some areas. Some people often make a lot of recovery during the first year, but recovery can continue long after this. The recovery time is different for each person but generally takes longer with more severe strokes. Recovery is a gradual process as the brain takes time to heal.