Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up


All communities will be placed in read-only mode (you will be able to see and search for posts but not start or reply to discussions) as we conduct maintenance. We will make another announcement when posting is re-opened. Thank you for your continued support and patience, and if you have any further questions, please email

Yours in health,
WebMD Community Management

Includes Expert Content
life expectancy
An_244156 posted:
Hello. My Mom has had a series of mini strokes over the last year. She is 83 and is now at the point of needing a wheelchair. What can I do for her and what is the life expectancy at this point?
Richard C Senelick, MD responded:
We can speak in general terms. If we look at the U.S. Life Expectancy tables, an 83 year old woman has an average life expectancy of 7.5 more years. Now, some people live less and some live longer. The key to giving you a more accurate picture, the person doing the calculation would need to know what other health issues your mother has. People with hypertension, diabetes and heart disease have shorter life expectancies as do people who have had a stroke. This is a discussion that is best had with your Mom's physician who will have all the details about her health. Insurance companies make these calculations all thetime when they are given all of the information.

The most important think right now is go over the risk factors that caused the stroke and ask her doctor what she can do to try and prevent another stroke.

Good Luck.
After your stroke you may be experiencing a new normal, but remember what George Eliot said- It is never too late to be what you might have been. You still can achieve new goals.

Helpful Tips

Stroke and brain hemorrhage
My mom 68 had a stroke/hemorrhage 22 days before and released from hospital and move to rehab now. She is not responding very well but ... More
Was this Helpful?
1 of 1 found this helpful

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.