Many people do. It means no smoking, regular exercise and diet that will not cause thrombotic plaques (clots) to form and rupture, causing stroke. It will be a lifelong project to stay alive and well!
The anticoagulant medications are critical. Many people who die after a stroke have NOT kept taking their medications, or did not take them properly. Aspirin & clopidogrel (Plavix) will be a mainstay of therapy.
Physical and occupational therapy will help, and the exercises should be continued even after therapy is discontinued.
Good luck with you or your loved one- I hope full recovery is in the future!