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Stroke

Stroke

09/14/2005

Question:

can a patient be returned to original health and full functioning after aa stroke?

Answer:

Yes, some stroke patients return to full function on their own, or with the benefit of rehabilitation, after a stroke.  When this occurs, it is usually in the short term (first 3 months) after the stroke.

For those who do not return to normal in the first 3 months, we are only now starting to learn how we can help patients recover.  At our institution, (University of Cincinnati), pioneering research has shown that significant recovery can occur will after 3 months, even years later. 

For patients who still have neurologic problems after stroke, there are many research studies underway at our institution as well as many others devoted to improving post-stroke recovery.  If you would like to read about some of the ongoing research: see this link

http://www.rehablab.org/

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Response by:

Brett   Kissela, MD Brett Kissela, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Director, Neurology Residency Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati