Our Approach to Treating a Stroke
We have provided rehabilitative care for over 35 years, combining multiple program disciplines in a safe and secure environment working with each patient to support long-term improvement. All recovering stroke patients at the Center are routinely encouraged to participate in regularly scheduled exercise and speech therapy programs, focused therapy programs for cognitive and behavioral improvement along with social skill building activities such as continental breakfast, special events, and entertainment specials. The focus of therapy and education is to help patients regain physical mobility including improving walking, balance and strength as well as acquiring the skills to perform activities of daily living including reading and writing. We also help the patient’s family to cope with adjustment to their diagnosis. Our outcomes studies show that stroke survivors treated at our facility have a higher level of functional independence, cognitive ability and engagement in activities of daily living.
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identify a stroke
National Stroke Association
American Stroke Association: A Division of American HeartAssociation
BRAIN: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
National Aphasia Association
What is Stroke?
A stroke occurs when there is an interruption of blood supply to the brain. As a result, nerve cells in the affected area of the brain are deprived of oxygen and die
rapidly. When nerve cells die, the areas of the body controlled by these cells are unable to function. A stroke is a medical emergency and receiving immediate treatment can prevent or reduce disability. If you think you are having a stroke, it is important to call 9-1-1 or go to the closest Emergency Room immediately.
Types of Strokes
Over 800,000 strokes occur in the United States every year. Because only 10% prove to be fatal, there are millions of persons living with the effects of stroke. In fact Stroke is the leading cause of adult Disability in the country. Most strokes, 80% are ischemic in nature. What this means is that a blood clot forms and travels to the brain, blocking blood flow to a particular area of the brain. The cells that are not receiving blood die and the result is the deficits that are expressed dependent upon the area of the brain affected. A less serious form of this is called a TIA – Transient Ischemic Accident – wherein the blood clot dissolves and the affect dissipates. More serious are Hemorrhagicstrokes. Often proving fatal, the hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel fails and the resulting breech halts the blood flow to the part of the brain where the vessel resides. Often the result of an aneurism or weakening of the vessel wall, these strokes require immediate and urgent attention. There are other much less common strokes that may occur in the brain stem but these make up only a very small percentage of the whole.
A stroke usually comes on suddenly and with little warning. Symptoms of stroke include:
• Sudden numbness or weakness of the leg, arm or face
• Sudden confusion or trouble understanding
• Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
• Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
• Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Treating a Stroke
Stroke is treated in hospitals using both drug therapies in the ER and interventional techniques to either dissolve or remove blood clots or to repair damage to a ruptured vessel. It is important to get treatment quickly to attempt to reduce damage to the brain and minimize deficits that may result. However, it is important to note, while only 15% of stroke survivors experience deficits that require institutional care, 65% of survivors suffer from some limiting disability. Intensive rehabilitation will result in a lessening of symptoms but it is important to understand that improvement and recovery may continue for many years post- stroke. That is where we can help.
Neuro Vitality Center
formerly the stroke recovery center