One of the most discouraging myths about stroke is the recovery window. That’s the common idea that whatever gains you make after a few months or a year are all you can expect.
Study after study has shown that it’s simply not true, yet the myth persists. And that’s bad because it makes people stop trying to improve—and live with more disability than they need to. According to the National Stroke Association, although the early days after a stroke are a crucial time for treatment and rehabilitation, it’s never too late to make improvements after a stroke.
That’s good news for the six million Americans who are stroke survivors. The Association, as part of its Come Back Strong campaign, has launched a free new app, available for both Apple and Android devices, for stroke survivors—and caregivers. The app makes it easy to track medications, improve rehab techniques through video instruction and find a support group and important contact information, including for your own doctors, for emergencies.
To learn more about stroke, see Bottom Line’s guide to stroke prevention and read articles about how to recognize stroke symptoms, the key importance of the first 24 to 48 hours, a breakthrough in treatment and the surprising power of do-it-yourself therapy at home.