Unfortunately, stroke is the leading contributor to long-term disability.
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 14% of persons who survive a first stroke or TIA will have another one within a year. Nearly a quarter of the women who have a first stroke die within a year.
Nearly half the women under age 65 who have a stroke die within 8 years. Recovery after stroke depends on the severity. Most stroke survivors regain functional independence, but 15-30% are permanently disabled, and 20% require institutional care at three months after the stroke event.
Other long-term effects include paralysis, inability to walk without assistance, aphasia (loss of speech), depression and institutionalization.
Bennett Rehabilitation Center at St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital is Madison County's only acute inpatient rehabilitation Center, providing recovery from stroke. Nearly 82% of stroke patients treated at Bennett Rehabilitation Center go home at discharge, compared to 72% of stroke patients treated at other facilities in the region and the nation. (Uniform Data System, Buffalo, New York)