Can a Stroke Cause a Personality Change?

Henry Hoffman
Monday, February 4th, 2019


Can a Stroke Cause a Personality Change?

After suffering a stroke, many survivors experience not only physical impairments but also cognitive and emotional changes. In fact, about one-third of all stroke survivors will experience emotional difficulties, and many others may demonstrate personality changes or inappropriate behaviors. These shifts in mood and behavior are often difficult for both stroke survivors and their loved ones. However, effective treatment, healthy lifestyle habits, and taking the time to develop a new perspective will aid in coping with these new challenges. Every stroke recovery is unique, and each stroke survivor will have individual preferences when it comes to therapy styles and life changes. Today, community support groups are a proven pathway for many stroke survivors to discover what works for them, offering helpful insights and resources during the recovery process. Fortunately, there are many local support groups in cities across the country that can combat isolation and frustration and help patients deal with the changes — large or small — that often follow a stroke.

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5 Ways to Maximize Your Recovery Potential

Henry Hoffman
Saturday, February 2nd, 2019


When you or a loved one suffers a stroke, the first question is often, “How can I recover as quickly as possible?” To take full advantage of the brain’s neuroplasticity, it’s important to seek out the most optimal care and rehabilitation plan. Additionally, your overall physical and mental health are directly linked with the success of your stroke therapy. Exercise improves mental wellbeing and keeps the body healthy and strong, maximizing its capacity to heal. Even with a consistent exercise regimen, however, some psychological roadblocks should be expected. Depression is common after a stroke, and must be taken just as seriously as any other symptom or illness.

That said, understanding the challenges that may arise during the stroke recovery process can help prepare you to make a successful recovery.

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Why Can’t I Swallow? Overcoming Dysphagia After a Stroke

Henry Hoffman
Friday, January 25th, 2019


Dysphagia is a disorder characterized by difficulty swallowing and is extremely common among survivors of stroke and other brain conditions. Dysphagia can lead to life-threatening complications like pneumonia, as well as impede a survivor’s ability to eat and negatively impact their social life. Stroke survivors and their family members need to know the signs of dysphagia, how it is treated, and the who/what/when/where/why of getting help.

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Stress and Strokes: What You Need to Know

Henry Hoffman
Friday, January 25th, 2019


You probably know that things like high blood pressure and an unhealthy diet can increase your stroke risk, but what about stress? Can your stressful day at work lead to a medical emergency? Can stress cause a stroke?

While one stressful day is unlikely to increase your stroke risk, studies have shown that chronic, long-term stress could increase your chances of having a stroke. In fact, a widely cited 2012 study concluded that people who had experienced chronic stress in the previous year were four times more likely to suffer from a stroke, compared to those who were not under similar stress.

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Mirror Box Therapy Exercises for Stroke Recovery

Henry Hoffman
Thursday, January 24th, 2019


Mirror Box Therapy Exercises for Stroke Recovery

Nearly 800,000 people suffer strokes in the United States annually, and more than 80 percent of these individuals experience a motor deficit as a result. Reduced motor function negatively impacts independence and overall quality of life for millions of survivors around the globe. Fortunately, it is possible to reduce or even eliminate many stroke-related impairments with mirror box therapy, an innovative treatment designed to encourage neural regeneration in regions of the brain that control motor function. Mirror box therapy empowers stroke survivors with the dexterity and motor skills necessary to regain their independence. This guide is designed to answer some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about this revolutionary treatment: What is a mirror box, and how does mirror therapy work?

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How to Combat Loss of Fine Motor Skills in Hands

Henry Hoffman
Wednesday, January 16th, 2019


A stroke can affect anyone.

The aftereffects of a stroke can change a person’s life by affecting their independence and ability to function. Understandably, this can be a very trying time for both a survivor and their loved ones. It is important to know the effects of stroke on fine motor function when developing exercises and activities for adults after stroke.

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Drug Interactions and Stroke: Can Blood Thinners Cause Strokes?

Henry Hoffman
Tuesday, January 15th, 2019


Nearly 800,000 people suffer a stroke every single year in the United States and stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States . Many stroke survivors are prescribed blood thinners and other medications to prevent another, future stroke. Common blood thinners have proven to be effective for minimizing risk of stroke associated with blood clots, but they also come with their own set of risks that are important to understand before starting treatment. Unfortunately, blood thinners can reduce the risk of clot-related stroke only to increase the risk of stroke related to bleeding and blood vessel rupture. To prevent unwanted complications from blood thinners, patients may need to make lifestyle and adjustments moving forward. Understanding the different types of stroke, their treatments, and any potential complications can empower individuals and their loved ones to prevent a second stroke in the future.

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How to Choose the Perfect Stroke Rehab Device for Home Use

Henry Hoffman
Friday, December 14th, 2018


 In the months directly following a stroke, there are a multitude of important decisions a stroke survivor and their family must make. Although recovery is a lifelong process, diligent at-home care and utilizing the best equipment for stroke rehabilitation will make the transition from hospital to home more streamlined and effective. Today’s developing market of stroke recovery devices offers countless options to help you supplement and continue the care provided by your hospital and rehabilitation facility, right at home. To help you identify the best devices to support in-home rehabilitation for yourself or the stroke survivor in your life, we’ll consider the five following factors: affordability, ease of use, ability to promote neuroplasticity, evidence-based results, and ongoing product support. Taking all five of these aspects into account will help you create a home environment of supportive, fact-based care for a smooth recovery.

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How to Deal With Incontinence After Stroke

Henry Hoffman
Friday, November 30th, 2018


More than 15 million people suffer a stroke worldwide each year. Approximately half of all stroke survivors admitted to a medical facility will be affected by temporary bladder incontinence and one in three will struggle with bowel incontinence. Losing control of one’s bladder or bowel movements can be frustrating and embarrassing for survivors. Fortunately, there are many strategies to help survivors regain bladder and bowel control after suffering a stroke. It’s important to remember that every stroke is different and every recovery and rehabilitation model will be unique for each stroke survivor. In this case, it all starts with a greater understanding of the causes of incontinence.

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What Is the Relationship Between Stroke and Pneumonia?

Henry Hoffman
Monday, November 26th, 2018


Functional deficits and motor impairments are common following a stroke. Up to 90 percent of stroke survivors will experience some measure of paralysis or motor deficiency. There are more than 30 muscles involved in the swallowing process and about half of stroke patients suffer from difficulties while swallowing, or dysphagia. It’s important to remember that dysphagia is often temporary for most stroke survivors and this condition will improve for many stroke survivors over time. However, even temporary dysphagia can have dire consequences for stroke survivors and their loved ones leading to a host of complications including pneumonia. Today, one in three stroke survivors will develop pneumonia. Fortunately, there are many strategies ranging from basic lifestyle adjustments to neuromuscular stimulation that can help prevent this potentially life-threatening pulmonary condition.

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