According to the World Health Organization (WHO), stroke is the second leading cause of death, and a major cause of disability worldwide. Globally, 15 million people suffer a stroke each year. Of these, 5 million die. Another 5 million are permanently disabled. Although these numbers are scary, many people recover from a stroke with minor impairment. They can return to their normal life after a relatively short period of rehabilitation. Others, however, will need long-term support in order to have some independence in their lives. This is one of the reasons why physical and cognitive rehabilitation and post-stroke care are so important for your recovery.