Wednesday, 7 October 2015 10:00:00 AM Australia/Melbourne

Every year thousands of Australians and their families are affected by strokes, with long term effects ranging in severity and permanency. Support and understanding from family and friends, plus intensive rehabilitation from healthcare professionals, can always improve a stroke survivor's quality of life.

What is a stroke?
A stroke happens when blood supply to the brain is interrupted. The effects vary greatly depending on several issues such as the section of the brain affected, how long blood flow was interrupted and how much damage has occurred. A person who suffers from a small stroke may recover, while a larger stroke can lead to permanent disabilities. Many survivors also have emotional changes after a stroke.

Rehabilitation is a critical part of recovery for many stroke survivors.
The effects of stroke may mean that you must change, relearn or redefine how you live. Stroke rehabilitation helps you return to independent living. Under your doctor's direction, rehabilitation specialists provide a treatment program specifically suited to your needs.

Together with these advice and guidance of these health care professionals, many helpful and innovative products are available that have been designed specifically to improve your life and help regain or maintain independence after a stroke.

Many people believe the effective treatment of high blood pressure is a key reason for the accelerated decline in the death rates for stroke. For more information visit www.strokefoundation.com.au

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