Frequently Asked Questions about Stroke

FAQs Do strokes occur only among old people?
No, although strokes are more predominant among older people than younger adults probably because the medical conditions that may trigger a stroke only become prevalent in old age. Researches show that more than 2/3 of all stroke victims are over the age of 65.
What is a Hemorrhagic Stroke?
A hemorrhagic stroke is one that is caused by a rupture in a blood vessel in the brain and can cause scarring of the brain tissues which would, eventually lead to seizures. About 20% of all recorded strokes are of the hemorrhagic kind.
What is an Ischemic Stroke?
An ischemic stroke occurs when the brain cells are deprived of blood, oxygen and sugar is due to a blocked artery. Most reported strokes (80%) are ischemic strokes.
Can a person who has had a stroke still recover physically?
A personfs rate of physical recovery will depend on a lot of factors, such as the amount of damage done on the brain, but yes, recovery is possible.
How long is the recovery period of a person who has had a stroke?
Recovery periods vary. A patient may experience big improvements in the first few months and then later on, progress may plateau and afterwards, the patient may see gradual improvements over the next 1 to 2 years. This will all depend on the therapies prescribed by his doctor and how actively he participates in these.