Stroke Treatment: the faster the better

Time is a critical factor, when it comes to a stroke.

A stroke is a life changing event affecting one or several of your brain functions, such as speech, movement or cognitive abilities. It is the number 1 reason among adults worldwide for permanent physical or cognitive disabilities, if it is not treated fast and correctly.

There are two different types of stroke – ischemic stroke and haemorrhagic stroke. In ischemic stroke, a clot is obstructing the flow of blood to an area of the brain, in haemorrhagic stroke a blood vessel in the brain ruptures and damages the surrounding tissue.


When stroke symptoms occur, it is not too late to prevent the stroke from happening. If you rush to a Stroke Center within four hours, the chances are that the occlusion of the blood vessel can be reopened and the brain damage can thereby be prevented.
After this acute therapy you need to by monitored in a specialized Stroke Unit to prevent complications and find the cause of the blood vessel occlusion. This usually takes a few days.
If the stroke was not prevented by vessel reopening, rehabilitation already needs to start at this point, initially focusing on getting you out of bed and on making sure that you can swallow safely. Rehabilitation efforts then intensify, the earlier the better.

Specialized rehabilitation hospitals like cereneo focus on this period. It is crucial to use the first months after a stroke to cure the deficit of movement, speech and/or cognition. The longer you wait with neurorehabilitation, the more difficult recovery becomes.

What does this mean?

True recovery can be best reached within the first few weeks after a stroke, but also at a later stage with a personalized inpatient rehabilitation addressing all deficit domains in several sessions a day. Recovery focuses on restoring lost body functions, such as movement or speech instead of compensating them with aids or turnarounds. An assessment usually shows which functions can be recovered, e.g. walking independently instead of using a wheelchair or rollator.

Learn more about inpatient rehabilitation at cereneo or request an offer.

At cereneo we support you at any stage of your recovery process.


The typical symptoms of a stroke usually occur only  on one side and include:

  • face drooping,
  • arm or leg weakness or inability to move at all,
  • difficulty with walking,
  • difficulty with speaking,
  • numbness or tingling,
  • confusion and loss of orientation,
  • trouble seeing, hearing, smelling or tasting.


If you suspect that someone had a stroke, it is crucial to act fast in getting medical assistance. Time is the decisive factor!



A stroke can affect anyone at any age. But the risk increases with age and is clearly driven by the individual lifestyle. Statistically, women have a higher risk of suffering a stroke than men, which is mainly due to the fact that women have a higher life expectancy.

What are the main risk factors for a stroke?

  • High blood pressure,
  •  cigarette smoking or second-hand smoke exposure,
  • high cholesterol,
  • diabetes,
  • diets high in fat and salt,
  • undetected heart rhythm disturbances,
  • heavy alcohol consumption,
  • lack of exercise,
  • excessive stress.


There is a lot that can be done to prevent a stroke and it is recommended that every person above 50 undergoes a stroke risk assessment as part of a regular health screening.

If you have a potential stroke risk, take a step-by-step approach to reduce your risk factors. Trying to change everything at once is an almost unmanageable challenge, can lead to frustration and is not often demotivating, ending up in not changing anything at all.

It’s much better to take it one after the other – a good start is changing your eating habits. If you would like to learn more about your stroke risk or how to get started in reducing your risk factors, you could request an offer for a stroke risk assessment or book an online consultation with one of our neurologists. We offer a specific 2-week programme for stroke risk reduction by showing you how to eat healthier while still meeting your food preferences and to show you ways on how you to increase your daily activity.

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We accompany you on your entire recovery journey

No matter where you are in your recovery process, we are can support you to maximise your health.

A fully personalized therapy programme based on your needs and wishes in one of your clinics.

Assessment of your home environment and safe transition back to anywhere in the world.

Together with a cereneo therapist you start your rehabilitation at home and integrate it in your daily routine.

Continue your rehabilitation at home via online channels and stay connected to the clinical expertise and network of cereneo.