For the majority of stroke survivors, an arduous period of recovery often awaits them. A part of the brain has died, and much that previously came naturally now poses an almost insurmountable difficulty.
Every 17 minutes someone in Sweden suffers a stroke. The consequences for the victim can be anything from death to a virtually full recovery.
I have been hit by stroke - and by gratitude. These are the words Göran Skytte wrote in his first column after the three stroke attacks he suffered at the end of April last year.
Mia von Euler lists three areas for improvement to be investigated in a new research project.