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What happens if I have a stroke?


Anyone who has stroke symptoms needs to go to hospital immediately. The sooner treatment is started, the less damage is done to your brain. This means there is less chance of a long-term disability.

When you first go into hospital with a stroke, you will be seen in the Emergency Department. A medical or neurology team will care for you in hospital. You may have a CT scan of your brain. Treatment may include medication and occasionally surgery. A physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, and a speech language therapist will usually assess you.

After you are discharged from hospital, you will probably need rehabilitation. You may need medication to help prevent future strokes. You may also need to make some lifestyle changes to help reduce the risk of having another stroke. Read more about this on the next page.

On the next page: Life after a stroke

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated June 2015.

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