What happens when you have a stroke?

Stroke occurs approximately 152,000 times a year in the UK; that’s one every 3 minutes and 27 seconds. But no two strokes are the same.

How well you recover and how long it takes is different for everyone, but making sure that you receive treatment quickly  will give you the best possible chance of making a good recovery.

A stroke is sudden and shocking.

So you may not know what to expect when it happens. Everyone’s experience of stroke is different, as it depends on the type of stroke you have and the stroke services that are in your area. However, you’re likely to go through the following stages:

Because every stroke is different, there is no set pattern for recovering from one. 

However, the quicker your stroke is diagnosed and treated, the better your recovery will be.

It’s essential that you can recognise the symptoms of stroke and know what to do when you see them. 


Published: February 2015. Next review due: April 2016.Information Standard logo