MDs with mild stroke have limited time to adjust to their condition.
But they may not have the luxury of a quick recovery.
The stroke has left them unable to work or function for several weeks, even after a full recovery, said Dr. Mark Hensley, medical director of the Medical Center of Excellence in Stroke at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
And even if they do recover, they may struggle to find enough time to get to their jobs or to take care of their families, Hensry said.
That’s why Hensage said it’s important for stroke patients to have a “good plan” and to “have time for themselves.”
Hensley and his colleagues recently conducted a survey of 1,400 stroke patients in their hospital to help them plan for a stroke and how they’d get there.
They found that many stroke patients were already planning ahead for their rehabilitation.
In a recent study, the group surveyed about 6,500 patients at a stroke center in Florida and found that nearly half of the patients had been planning for their stroke since the stroke, and half were still planning.
They also found that a majority of stroke patients had not been planning on a full-blown recovery, with just 10% having done so.
One reason for the lack of recovery is that the brain can take months to heal, Hinsley said.
The stroke patients have a lot of time to heal and get back to normal.
The average time for a full brain scan to take place is about 18 months, so even after they get to a stroke ward, it may take several months before they are fully recovered, Henson said.
Hensy said the time they have to get their lives back is very limited.
That is why it is important for the stroke patients, who may be at a significant risk for long-term disability, to have plans to manage the time and expenses associated with recovery, he said.
One of the biggest challenges for stroke survivors is dealing with their new lives, Hensen said.
They need to get on with their lives.
Henson said it was important for patients to remember that stroke survivors don’t necessarily need to spend more time in rehabilitation or spend more money on a rehabilitation plan.
If they have time to spend with their families and spend time with their friends, that will allow them to take their time to really understand what’s going on in their brain, Hentsley said, and that is what will make a difference in their recovery.