No matter how minor the event, recovering from a stroke is an involved process. Most people who suffer a significant health setback want to get out of bed and back to their usual habits as soon as possible. Unfortunately, in matters of the heart, it's rarely a straightforward recovery.

"There's no simple timeline when recovering from a stroke," said Patrice Lindsay, R.N., Ph.D., director of health systems change and stroke specialist for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. "The biggest question is which part of the brain was affected and at what level of severity."

Assessing the recovery timeline

Lindsay explained that many patients' primary concerns when recovering from a stroke are motor and speech functions, but challenges can also manifest in memory loss and other neurological problems.

"When we think about it, a perfectly capable adult can go from their daily life to struggling with speech and basic bodily functions in a matter of minutes," Lindsay said, noting that such a change can have a serious impact on mental health.

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