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Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery

Stroke survivors recover differently. Some survivors take years to recover, slowly improving over time. Sometimes a stroke can cause temporary or permanent disabilities depending on which part of the brain was affected and how long blood flow was blocked from the brain.

  • Some complications following a stroke may include:
  • Paralysis or decrease in muscle movement
  • Emotional problems or depression
  • Difficulty swallowing and/or talking
  • Changes in behavior, i.e. less social, more impulsive, may need help with self-grooming and chores
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty thinking, making judgments, reasoning or understanding
  • Pain or numbness in part of the body affected by stroke
  • Sensitivity to temperature changes

Rehabilitation is key in stroke recovery and early intervention is important.

To schedule an appointment with the Heart and Vascular Institute, call 813-844-3900 or email

Tampa General Hospital’s 32-bed Neuro ICU ensures stroke patients receive care specifically for their impairments providing physical, speech and occupational therapy at the bedside as soon as the patient is stable. Once well enough, stroke patients can be admitted to our CARF-accredited Tampa General Rehabilitation Center.

Our Stroke Rehabilitation Program is a comprehensive program of medical, therapeutic and case management services is provided to help them return to their functioning capacity at the highest level possible. Outcomes of the Stroke Rehabilitation Program are positive: 73 percent of stroke patients can return to their home environments after discharged from the TGH Rehabilitation Center, compared to 70 percent nationally.

In addition, the Rehabilitation Center’s Outpatient Programs provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy services. With rehabilitation and dedicated care, there is life after a stroke.