Stroke affects everyone differently; with varying aftereffects from mild to devastating. Below are helpful information sheets from the National Stroke Association on the different aspects of stroke recovery and rehabilitation.
What is the same for every stroke victim is the need to prevent another stroke from recurring, and it is imperative to follow your doctor's recommendations.
You need to continue the medications prescribed after you leave the hospital in order to reduce your risk of another stroke or other cardiovascular event. Medications must be taken as prescribed by your doctor in order for them to be effective in reducing your risk of another stroke.
The medicines are most effective when they help you reach the goal of lowering each of your risk factors. Therefore, the doses of these medicines will likely need to be adjusted in order for them to be effective, based on blood tests and other measurements made by your doctor after you leave the hospital. Don't stop your medications without speaking to your physician first.
It is important that you receive regular medical care after you leave the hospital, since this is how the doctors can measure the effectiveness of the treatments and make sure your medicine are adjusted properly.
Make sure you have a plan for which doctor(s) you will see and when to see them after you leave the hospital and be sure to have your list of medications with you for all doctor visits.