Strokes can happen to any one of any age and it is in fact the third largest cause of death in the United States. However, a large number of people do recover from strokes – both fully and partially. In this guide we shall look at some stroke recovery statistics and rates.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke is a brain injury that occurs when a blood clot or burst blood vessel restricts blood flow and oxygen to the brain. This in turn results in brain tissue dying. The longer the stroke is left the more brain tissue that dies – meaning more loss of functions within the body.
The type of disabilities and loss of functions after the stroke largely depend on what part of the brain the stroke affected. If the stroke affected the left side of the brain then the patient may lose function in the left side of the brain and vice versa with the right side.
Some of the affects as a result of a stroke can include: speech difficulty, balance and coordination problems, problems with cognitive functions, depression, paralysis, weakness and fatigue.
Stroke Recovery Statistics
Strokes are incredibly unpredictable – as is the recovery process. Many people will fully recover within days or weeks of a stroke whilst others will be left with permanent disabilities.
Over 700,000 people suffer from a stroke each year in the USA and just under 200,000 die from acute stroke out of this amount. This means that a large number of stroke victims do survive and go on to recover fully or partially after their ordeal.
Of those patients that survive the initial stroke, 25 percent die within the first year. However, the average post-stroke survival rate for stroke victims is 7 years.
The level of recovery from a stroke really depends on the severity of it. Around 15-30 percent of stroke survivors are left permanently disabled, and 14 percent of those who have a first stroke will have another stroke within one year.
Stroke recovery is also affected by how quickly the patient receives treatment. To prevent serious disability as a result of a stroke you need to get to a hospital and get treatment within one hour.
A recent study was conducted that looked at how well over 65 years of age stroke victims fared after 6 months from their stroke. They found that 30 percent needed assistance walking, whilst 26 percent needed help with daily activities such as eating, cooking, paying their bills.
Just fewer than 20 percent had trouble speaking, or understanding others when they spoke and 35 percent had feelings of depression. Fifty percent of stroke victims had some degree of paralysis on one side of their body whilst 26 percent became nursing home residents after their stroke.
Factors Affecting Stroke Recovery
Recovery, as we mentioned before, largely depends on the extent of damage that has been done to the brain. It also depends on what treatment is available to the patient after their stroke.
It has been shown that without professional treatment very few stroke survivors will regain functionality in their body.
Determination and perseverance is also incredibly important. Many stroke victims suffer from depression and anxiety following their stroke which can seriously impact on their chance of recovery. Doctors will usually aggressively help fight depression with a range of treatments to ensure that the patient is getting the most out of their treatment.
A supportive network of family and friends is also a very crucial part of increasing stroke victims’ survival rate. Not only does it help the patients’ beat feelings of depression and loneliness but it gives them motivation to fight for their lives and strive towards something.
It is also important that stroke survivors work towards keeping themselves fit and healthy to prevent another stroke from happening. Some of the main factors affecting the recurrence of stroke include: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity and poor diet. By sorting out these problems as soon as possible you can significantly heighten your chances of recovery and lower the chance of a recurring stroke.
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