After a diagnosis of stroke has been determined the tests above will be utilized to reduce the severity of the effects or damage to the brain if possible. Unfortunately, with some strokes, the bleeding may continue or vessels may continue to be blocked and the effects of the stroke may worsen over time. Even some of the treatments above, such as thrombolytic therapy and angiogram come with risks of worsening a stroke.
Fortunately, in many situations the effects of a stroke are reduced through rapid diagnosis and treatment and rehabilitation therapy may help to correct, improve or eliminate in some cases the strokes damaging effects.
Physicians and therapists alike recommend that a patient who has been diagnosed with a stroke begin a therapy program as soon as possible and many patients will begin within an appropriate time in the hospital as ordered by their physician for physical, occupational and/or speech therapy to begin.