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What happens after a stroke?

Dr. Bryan Ludwig talks about what happens after a stroke occurs. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


A stroke effects brain function, and the brain controls body function. Therefore, the physical effects of a stroke depend on the location of the brain tissue that’s impacted, according to the American Stroke AssociationOff Site Icon. The amount of brain tissue effected is also a factor, according to the ASA.

Rehabilitation is a large part of the recovery process following a stroke, according to the National Stroke Association [Link to in a new window with off site icon and 3rd party content disclaimer]. Some patients may experience spontaneous recovery, a return of physical abilities lost during a stroke, a process that can take a few weeks, according to the NSA. This process can be enhanced with rehabilitation, according to the NSA. For more information about what happens after a stroke, talk to your doctor.

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Source: Bryan Ludwig, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; John Terry, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Elizabeth Marriott, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute

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