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Stroke is a major cause of disability. A stroke occurs when part of your brain doesn't get the blood that it needs. Depending on the parts of the brain damaged by a stroke, people who survive a stroke can have problems with:

  • Movement
  • Sensations
  • Language
  • Thinking and memory
  • Emotions

Many types of therapies can help stroke patients recover functions and learn new ways of doing things.

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More information on Stroke

Read more from womenshealth.gov

  • Stroke Fact Sheet - This fact sheet answers questions about stroke, including information about warning signs, effects, and risk factors.

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  • Age Page: Stroke - This fact sheet provides information on strokes and offers tips for stroke prevention. It also gives a list of warning signs for stroke.
  • NINDS Stroke Information Page - This online publication discusses the types of stroke, treatment options, and ongoing stroke research.
  • Post-Stroke Rehabilitation Fact Sheet - This fact sheet explains what to expect after a stroke. It provides information about the different disabilities that can happen after a stroke and where to go for rehabilitation.
  • Stroke Rehabilitation (Copyright © American Academy of Family Physicians) - This online fact sheet provides information on stroke rehabilitation, what it is, and why it is necessary after having a stroke. Stroke rehabilitation is a very important part of recovery for many people who have had a stroke. It helps build strength, coordination, endurance, and confidence.
  • Stroke: Hope Through Research - This brochure provides comprehensive information on stroke, including information on what a stroke is, what the risk factors are, and what research is being conducted in this area.
  • What Is Stroke? (Copyright © New York Online Access to Health) - This fact sheet provides facts on heart disease and stroke, including information on the causes, risk factors, symptoms, and prevention methods.

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Content last updated: September 22, 2009.

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