Treatment During the Recovery PeriodTreatment for a stroke does not end when a person leaves the hospital. In fact, leaving the hospital is when treatment really begins in many cases. For a lot of people who have had a stroke, treatment is a lifelong process.
When it is time to leave the hospital, you will likely receive:
- Specific dietary and rehabilitation instructions
- Discharge instructions concerning driving, activity level, and medication
- Any other restrictions.
Healthcare providers will also go over any symptoms that require immediate medical attention. For people recovering from a stroke, the most important post-stroke treatments include:
- Stroke rehabilitation (stroke rehab for short)
- Lifestyle changes (see Stroke Prevention for more information)
- Stroke medications.
You will need to see your doctor for checkups and tests to see how you are doing.
(Click Stroke Recovery for more information on treatment after a stroke.)
Summary of Stroke TreatmentA stroke is a life-threatening emergency. Many people die of complications from a stroke, or become permanently disabled. In order to decrease the chances of complications or death, treatment for a stroke needs to begin quickly to be most effective. Depending on the type of stroke (ischemic versus hemorrhagic), treatment options include medications, surgery, and stroke rehab.
For a lot of people who survive a stroke, it is sobering, yet important, to realize that the condition that caused the stroke in the first place will steadily worsen unless they make changes in their daily habits. There is much you can do to manage stroke risk factors and reduce your risk for a repeat stroke. The sooner you get started, the better your chances of feeling better, staying well, and avoiding further problems.