The survivability of a stroke oftentimes depends on how quickly a patient receives treatment after the onset of symptoms—in other words, every minute counts. However, statistics tell us that about 10 percent of stroke victims recover almost immediately; 25 percent recover with minor ongoing problems; 40 percent experience moderate to severe impairments that require special care; 10 percent require care in a nursing home or other long-term care facility; and 15 percent die shortly after the stroke. Twenty-two percent of men and 25 percent of women will die within a year of their first stroke.
Ischemic stroke sufferers have a better prognosis than patients who’ve suffered a hemorrhagic stroke: only 7.6 percent of those who’ve had an ischemic stroke die within 30 days, compared to 37.5 percent of hemorrhagic stroke patients. About 50 percent of patients with a type of hemorrhagic stroke called a subarachnoid hemorrhage will die, and of the survivors, half will suffer permanent disability.