Stroke is a leading cause of disability in the United States, and it can affect people of all ages. One of the main risk factors for stroke is high blood pressure. Other risk factors include:

  • Age over 55
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of stroke
  • High cholesterol
  • Race (Black Americans are nearly twice as likely to have a first stroke.)

In this On Topic video, Jennifer Shen, MD, discusses inpatient stroke rehabilitation treatment, including the process of stroke recovery to restore patient quality of life. Learn more about stroke risk factors and prevention.

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At the UPMC Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, we strive to improve your function after injury or illness. Through inpatient therapy at the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute and outpatient therapy at clinics throughout western Pennsylvania, we help patients recover from functional, pain-related, and neurological conditions. The Department of PM&R is a leader in research, therapy, and advanced rehabilitation technology – not only dedicated to providing you with exceptional clinical care, but focused on developing new technologies and treatments to help you achieve mobility and maintain independence.