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Strokes are life-threatening medical conditions. With all the scientific research and studies on this neurological and cardiovascular disease, we know that the sooner the treatment, the better the outcome.
Although strokes can leave you with long-lasting physical and mental problems, rehabilitation can help those recover to continue living a fully active life.
Before we start to discuss stroke recovery, let’s discover a little more understanding of strokes, including the different types of stroke and the difference each stroke makes to your recovery.
Types of stroke
Effectively there are two leading causes of a stroke; these are either due to a blocked artery OR a bleed, causing areas of the brain to be starved of oxygen. As a result, a stroke can change the way you think, speak, walk and even feel depending on where in the brain the stroke occurred.
Although there are two main causes for a stroke, there are three different types of stroke. These are –
A hemorrhagic stroke – A bleed in or around the brain.
An Ischaemic stroke – A blockage that prevents blood from getting to an area of the brain.
A transient Ischaemic attack – Better known as a mini-stroke, the blood is blocked but only temporarily.
Strokes are more often seen in people over the age of 55 due to our arteries narrowing and hardening as we age. There are other risk factors we should also take into consideration, such as people who –
suffer from high blood pressure
suffer from Diabetes
suffer from heart disease
take illegal drugs or abuse alcohol
suffer from an abnormal heart rhythm
take birth control pills for many years
have a family history of strokes
What are the symptoms of a stroke?
We are all well versed in the symptoms of a stroke due to The Act FAST campaign, BUT it is always good to remind ourselves and teach the next generation to ensure lives are saved.
Strokes are unique to the individual, and so is recovery. In cases where a patient may have suffered a mini-stroke, recovery can be rapid; in fact, some who have suffered a mini-stroke may continue with life unaware that this has even happened.
The quicker the treatment, the quicker and easier the recovery. Speed is of the essence.
Most patients will have issues with movement; this can be just mild weakness to difficulty with hand to eye coordination.
Physio is key to recovery, with treatments starting within 48 hours of the stroke. Many people who have suffered a stroke find they experience weakness, stiffness, joint pain and struggle to re-find their balance. Your physiotherapist will help you with your recovery of function and mobility. These simple tasks that we all take for granted are walking, sitting, laying down and standing.
Patients are often assessed in the hospital shortly after being admitted. Then, a treatment plan is put together, which will vary from patient to patient while under the hospital’s care.
Programs are tailored to suit the individual’s circumstances, stroke type and patient’s capabilities. Contact us today if you wish to know more or want to continue treatment privately after being discharged.