A stroke occurs when a clot blocks blood supply to part of the brain (ischemic stroke) or a blood vessel in or around the brain ruptures (hemorrhagic stroke). As a result, parts of the brain become damaged or die.
Each year more than 700,000 people in the United States endure a stroke. More than six million people in America are stroke survivors, according to the National Stroke Association.
The abilities lost or affected by a stroke depend on the extent of the brain damage and where in the brain the stroke occurred. Some brain cells may be only temporarily damaged and may resume functioning.
The brain is also capable of reorganizing its own functions or reassigning a different region of the brain to “take over” for the damaged area. Stroke survivors sometimes experience remarkable recoveries and can show signs of improvement for
the rest of their lives.
As a stroke survivor, you may face emotional, physical and cognitive challenges. Salem Health’s stroke rehabilitation therapists are dedicated to helping you return to independent living.
Depending on the severity of your stroke, you may work with one or a multitude of stroke specialists, who are determined to help you relearn skills that the stroke may have taken away–skills like eating, conversing, dressing and walking.