Strokes occur when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, as in a mini-stroke, or is stopped by a blood clot or broken blood vessel as in an ischemic stroke. Symptoms can include weakness on one side of the body, trouble seeing, loss of coordination, and sudden headaches. Immediate treatment is critical and should begin as soon as possible. Recovery involves extensive rehabilitation therapy. For financial assistance with managing your condition, see our page on Free & Discounted Services.
- Stroke (MedlinePlus)
- Know Stroke: Know the Signs, Act in Time Video (National Institutes of Health)
- Let’s Talk About Stroke (American Heart Association/American Stroke Association)
- NINDS Stroke Information Page (NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
- Stroke [tutorial] (MedlinePlus)
- Stroke (National Institute on Aging)
- Stroke (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Stroke (Mayo Clinic)
- Stroke Videos (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Stroke Videos (WebMD)
Managing Stroke can be a confusing experience for newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers. To learn about the specific kinds of providers that might make up your health care team, as well as the services, programs, support groups, and organizations that can help you manage, visit the Managing Stroke page.
These sites allow patients to discuss their experiences with illnesses, treatments, and other health matters. Any information or opinions posted are those of the forum users themselves and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.
- Stroke Caregiver Support Network (American Heart Association)
- Stroke Online Support Groups (Daily Strength)
- Stroke Support Group Finder (American Stroke Association)
- Stroke Support Groups (National Stroke Association)
- StrokeNet Message Board (StrokeNet)
- Support Network for Stroke (American Heart Association)
Mobile apps and tools give you easy-to-use information and resources that can help you get and stay healthy. For tips on choosing apps, see How to Choose a Good Health App by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Elevate is a brain training program designed to improve focus and speaking abilities. Free on iOS and Android.
Spot A Stroke provides information about stroke symptoms so that users can determine whether to call 911. Free iOS and Android.
Stroke Riskometer™ is a unique and easy to use tool for assessing your individual risk of a stroke in the next five or ten years and what you can do to reduce the risk. Free IOS and Android.
Constant Therapy is a solution for personalized therapy to help with speech, language, cognition, attention, memory & learning disorders. People who have had a stroke can benefit from this program with access to 15,000+ items across 60 task categories & 10 difficulty levels. Free IOS and Android for first month subscription.
This app shows the signs of a stroke in simple easy graphics. This app will find the closest certified stroke center for you and notify 911 and as many as 3 emergency contacts. Free on iOS and Android.
These apps by Lingraphica provide communication and practice exercises for adults with aphasia. All the apps are free for iOS.
Provides a variety of speech therapy apps to cover many post-stroke goals and abilities. To find the speech therapy apps that are right for you, click through the prompts for a variety of skills to improve. Free iOS and Android.
Resources selected by Sarah Towner Wright, Health Sciences Library, UNC-Chapel Hill,
Last reviewed November 1, 2021