A stroke happens when blood flow to part of the brain is reduced or cut off. Without enough blood flow, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and essential nutrients and oxygen and begin to die. The stroke’s impact depends on where the affected brain cells are located and how long blood flow is blocked. Some people recover fully, while many will have some type of disability. In this guide, you'll learn about what to expect from the recovery and rehabilitation process, who should be part of your post-stroke care team, and what life might look like long-term.