The Stroke Recovery Guide

By , May 6, 2013 1:12 pm

A stroke usually occurs due to a sudden halt in the blood supply to the brain. This results in the disruption of oxygen supply to the neurons. The lack of oxygen leads to injury to the brain cells of the affected region of the brain, leading to cognitive and neurological disabilities, like speech, motor sensory and balance problems.Stroke is the third most common cause of long-term disability and death in the US. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, more than 70,000 people suffer a stroke in the United States every year. Of these, two-thirds of the stroke victims survive and need rehabilitation services.

 

The most important step after a stroke is to seek rehabilitation. Stroke recovery involves the relearning of skills that have been lost following the damage to the brain cells. Although rehabilitation cannot provide a “cure” for or reversal of the damage caused, it can definitely help the person get back on his feet and regain independence and a better quality of life. However, the time needed for stroke recovery varies from person to person, not only due to the severity of the event but also due to each individual’s ability to recover the lost skills. Despite this, stroke rehabilitation is the best way to gain long-term positive outcomes.

 

Types of Stroke Treatment

The best way to minimize brain damage and aid the prognosis after a stroke is to treat the event as an emergency and get medical attention at the first signs of a stroke or as soon as possible. Stroke treatment depends on the type and severity of the stroke and the underlying cause. Stroke recovery usually entails the following:

 

  • Medical Intervention – If the stroke is cause by a blood clot, the first line of treatment is to dissolve the clot using thrombolytics or clot-busting drugs. However this may not be possible in many cases.  If, on the other hand, the event was caused due to bleeding rather than blockage, surgery might be advised to stem the bleeding. A brain scan, like a CT scan or MRI, can determine the type of the stroke and help determine the course of treatment. The goal is to immediately stop the damaging process that happens during a stroke and prevent another stroke from happening again in the future.  Other treatments may be necessary for concomitant medical conditions associated with the stroke, like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

 

  • Physical, speech and occupational therapy – These treatment methods begin in hospital. The goal is to restore function. Signs of improvement can begin within days of a stroke and can continue for years. Therapy includes restoring communication abilities and strengthening motor skills via specific exercises, mobility training with and without mobility aids.

 

  • Psychological Intervention – Counseling and psychiatric intervention might be necessary for some stroke victims, since the experience of a stroke can be traumatic and the process of stroke recovery could lead to depression, anxiety, anger, and even frustration due to a prolonged recovery time. The restoration of lost cognitive skills, the need for mood-related medication and support groups for stroke victims are all part of the psychological treatment offered.

 

Long term gains can be achieved through stroke treatment and stroke recovery methods. In addition, continued research offers hope in the form of newer medication and techniques to help stroke victims get back on their feet. One of the most recent advances in stroke treatment is NeuroAiD™ (Moleac Pte Ltd), a natural product taken orally as treatment for stroke recovery and rehabilitation. Research has shown that this treatment helps increase the production of neurons and promote the formation of new nerve connections in the brain. Together with rehabilitation, NeuroAiD™ enhances the prognosis after a stroke and studies show that patients have a 2.4 better chance of achieving independence. The drug has been found to be safe, with no known drug interactions. Thousands of patients worldwide have been able to experience incremental recovery, decreased dependence on caregivers and lower burden for the family with this oral medication. Click here to read more about NeuroAiD stroke treatment.

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