A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted, in the form of a blood clot in the brain, or a bleed in the brain. It is of the utmost importance that a patient gets to the hospital as soon as possible after onset of symptoms. If a stroke is due to a blood clot in the brain, medication can still be given 4.5 hours after onset of symptoms to attempt to dissolve the clot. Recovery from a stroke can be very difficult, and the necessary treatment depends on the severity of the patient's condition. Stroke patients may have to spend some time in hospital, and as a stroke can result in paralysis, loss of control in certain muscles, and difficulty speaking among other issues, treatment may require help from a team of medical specialists. This may include a speech therapist, physical therapist as well as a specialist to advise you on the best chronic medication for your condition