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First Steps to Recovery

Treatment following a stroke usually begins with care in a hospital, called acute care. During that time you are stabilized, assessed, and a treatment plan will be developed for your recovery. An important part of the road to recovery is your return to community living after leaving the hospital. Some of you will spend time in a rehabilitation center before returning home, but many stroke survivors return directly home following their time in the hospital.

As you start on your journey to recovery it is important to maintain your safety, seek rehabilitation services and immediately reduce your risk of having another stroke. 

It is important to consider safety when returning home after a stroke or from rehabilitation. Making your home safe after a stroke is crucial to a faster recovery and independence. Get more information on what it is, types of concerns, and tips on living a safer life after stroke.

Managing your health can help you reduce and prevent the risk of recurrent strokes. Learn more on what it is and tips on how to prevent a recurrent stroke.   

Medicines or medical devices must go through a complete investigation and many different phases of testing (clinical trials) to prove that they are safe and effective. Get more information on what they are, if you can participate, the research behind them, and how to enroll in stroke clinical trials.

Early recovery and rehabilitation can improve functions and sometimes remarkable recoveries for someone who suffered a stroke. Get more information on recovery and rehabilitation therapy after stroke.

Technology plays a critical role in stroke prevention and detection as well as rehabilitation and stroke recovery. While technology can be helpful in assisting with stroke recovery, the most important thing is finding a therapy plan that is right for you.

Everyone who has had a stroke -- or who is at risk of stroke -- needs to know about stroke treatment and care. This tool can help you find a doctor who has experience treating stroke patients.

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