Living with stroke

If you, or a loved one, has had a stroke, you probably have a lot of questions about what lies ahead in the short and long-term. The Heart and Stroke Foundation has plenty of helpful information and advice for people who have survived a stroke, their families and their caregivers.

The effects of a stroke can touch every aspect of your life. A stroke does not affect any two people in exactly the same way. That’s why you, and those who care for you, need to find an approach that works.

While every stroke is different, here are some of the most common changes:

Daily living

Depression and mental changes

Physical changes


Staying healthy

Stroke rehabilitation

End-of-life care (palliative care)

Questions you may have after your stroke

A Patient's Guide to Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care

The Heart and Stroke Foundation provides practical knowledge and skills to help care for stroke survivors. Tips and Tools for Everyday Living: A Guide for Stroke Caregivers is designed for healthcare providers and is also a useful reference for family caregivers. Read more about the Guide.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation has a Living with StrokeTM program for stroke survivors who have completed their active rehabilitation and are living in the community. It focuses on building skills, sharing experiences and lending support. Find a Living with StrokeTM program in your area. 

Last reviewed: March 2011.

Last modified: January 2012