Quick Facts

MYTH

Recovery stops at 3 months after stroke.

FACT

Rehabilitation has been shown to be most beneficial when started early; however, functional recovery of stroke-related impairments is still possible months and even years later.

  • Each stroke is different. How well you recover from a stroke depends upon many factors including how much your brain was damaged and in what areas, and your health before the stroke. The work you do with your stroke rehabilitation team and the support from family and friends are also important to your recovery.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability, with more than 400,000 Canadians living with the effects of stroke.
  • Depression following a stroke and changes to cognition (i.e. how one knows things and how one thinks) affect up to 30% to 60% of stroke survivors within the first year. Depression and cognition changes are also associated with impaired recovery as well as decreased function in activities of daily living.
  • For every 100 persons who experience a stroke:
    • 15 die (15%)
    • 10 recover completely (10%)
    • 25 recover with a minor impairment or disability (25%)
    • 40 are left with a moderate to severe impairment (40%)
    • 10 are so severely disabled they require long-term care (10%)
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