Approximately 25 percent of people who recover from their first stroke will have another stroke within five years. This is known as recurrent stroke. Recurrent stroke is a major contributor to stroke-related disability and death, with the risk of severe disability or death from stroke increasing with each additional recurrent stroke. The risk of a recurrent stroke is greatest right after a stroke; however, this risk will usually decrease with time. About 3 percent of stroke patients will have another stroke within 30 days of their first stroke, and one-third of recurrent strokes will take place within two years of the first stroke.