Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
My back ground story is here:

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Stroke recovery: Common problems and healthy lifestyle changes after stroke

Sorry Dr. Victor Marchione, You are a huge part of the problem, using the tried and true blame the patient comment; 'All strokes are different, all stroke recoveries are different.' You don't mention efficacy of stroke protocols at all, in fact you don't even mention protocols.
A stroke affects each patient differently. Some may develop vision problems, others speech impairment. Stroke recovery involves not just medications, but lifestyle changes, too, to prevent another stroke and improve overall well-being.
The goal of stroke recovery and rehabilitation is ensuring that you can go back to living as normal of a life as possible. This means getting back to work or taking care of yourself.
Aspects of stroke recovery involve relearning old skills or even adopting new skills depending on the changes that may have occurred after the stroke.

Stroke rehabilitation to improve your quality of life after stroke

Stroke rehabilitation involves a number of approaches to improve a person’s quality of life. These include:
Strengthening motor skills: Exercises to improve muscle strength and coordination. This may also include improving the ability to swallow.
Mobility training: Using walking aids to help stabilize and support the body while you learn how to walk again.
Constraint-induced therapy: Restricting use of an unaffected limb so you can work on the affected limb to build it back up again.
Range-of-motion therapy: Exercises to lessen muscle tension and regain range of motion. Medications may help with this.
Functional electrical stimulation: Electricity stimulation is used on weaker muscles causing them to contract.
Robotic technology: Robotic devices assist impaired limbs in performing repetitive movements.
Wireless technology: Wearing an activity monitor to help evaluate post-stroke improvement.
Virtual reality: Using video games or computer-based therapies to help simulate real-life scenarios.
Noninvasive brain stimulation: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to help improve motor skills.
Therapy for communicative disorders: Speaking, reading, writing, listening, and comprehension-based therapies to improve communication skills.
Psychological evaluation and treatment: Testing cognitive skills and emotional adjustment after stroke.
Medications: May be used to treat depression or drugs to improve movement.
Stroke rehabilitation can take place in an inpatient rehabilitation center, outpatient units, skilled nursing facilities, or at home where a specialist or therapist comes to you and performs the recommended therapy or rehabilitation technique.
Stroke rehabilitation may involve doctors, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, dieticians, social workers, psychologists, therapeutic recreation specialists, and vocational counselors. As you can see, it can take a large team to help support stroke rehabilitation and stroke recovery.

Lifestyle changes and healthy living after stroke

transient ischemic attack TIA mini-strokeMaking the appropriate lifestyle changes is important for improving overall health post-stroke in order to reduce the risk of another stroke and other complications related to stroke or a weak heart. Lifestyle changes and healthy habits to implement after a stroke include:
  • Building or working on personal and close relationships
  • Reducing stress
  • Managing finances
  • Eating a healthy and proper diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Not smoking
  • Minimizing or eliminating alcohol from your diet
  • Maintaining and keeping a healthy weight
  • Monitoring and controlling other conditions such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes
By following these lifestyle changes and working with your stroke rehabilitation team, you can have greater success in recovering from stroke, reducing complications, and going back to enjoying your life.

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