Monday, February 11th, 2019
The stroke rehabilitation process throughout the first several months of stroke recovery can be intense, with dramatic inclines and declines in progress that can encourage and depress survivors. Weakness and paralysis are common effects of stroke and adjusting to the demands of recovery may require significant lifestyle changes.
Establishing and gaining momentum towards a stroke survivor’s goals is key to thwarting an often-frustrating phenomenon– the plateau phase. What does “plateau” mean? A plateau period is a state of little or no change following a period of activity or progress. During a plateau, it may feel as though the initial positive progress was the end of successful rehabilitation and that no further improvement is possible. But for many, a plateau period or plateau phase is quite common and even to be expected. Understanding this will help both survivors and caregivers avoid the derailment of recovery by losing hope, motivation, and persistence.
Tuesday, August 7th, 2018
When most people think of a stroke, they imagine a dramatic event that leads to impaired speaking, moving, and remembering. While strokes can certainly be dramatic and result in these issues, some strokes are subtle and harder to identify. In fact, it is possible to have a stroke and not even realize it.
Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
Sleep disruption is very common after suffering a stroke, more than half of survivors have problems sleeping in the months following. Poor sleep can slow recovery, cause depression, and even lead to memory problems. Fortunately, there are many ways to alleviate these symptoms.
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
If you or a loved one has suffered from a stroke, there are many difficulties that can develop as a result. Primarily, these effects are physical, emotional, and cognitive.
Thursday, September 21st, 2017
Considering that strokes rank as one of the top three causes of death in the United States, any signs or symptoms should be taken seriously and cared for immediately. Just as if someone were suffering from a heart-attack, seeking medical attention right away for a stroke is paramount; however, when dealing with a stroke, the signs may not be so easy to recognize, which means that finding help may not be a first reaction.
Monday, September 18th, 2017
For those who have suffered from a stroke, brain surgery is a viable option to improve the quality and longevity of their lives. No matter what the surgery may be, it’s never easy to experience it, let alone make the decision to undergo it; however, as a patient or a supporter of one, it’s good to know every possible avenue that can lead to a successful recovery.
Thursday, September 14th, 2017
After suffering from a stroke, it is likely that a survivor will have limited activity. Issues with daily routines and general mobility are common, but one of the most difficult factors to consider is the idea of traveling by plane.
Thursday, August 24th, 2017
Just as smoking a cigarette can increase your chances of having lung cancer, being overweight can greatly increase your chances of having a stroke. Because of excess fat in the body, inflammation is likely to occur, which causes poor blood flow and potential blockages—two major causes of stroke.
Monday, August 21st, 2017
Without a doubt, surgeries following serious health issues have shown major results in improving a survivor’s quality of life. For those who suffer from heart conditions, forms of cancer, and even joint pain, a variety of operations can offer great recovery possibilities, but these procedures can also have their fair share of complications in the process.
Thursday, July 27th, 2017
A stroke can be a serious and frightening medical emergency that has a huge impact on both stroke patients and their families. Strokes are life-changing events, but many stroke patients and those who care for them don’t know much about the nature of strokes and the recovery process. In order to properly handle the aftermath of a stroke, it’s important to be well-informed. Knowing more about strokes and how to recover from them is a key step in assuaging any fears and concerns that stem from this condition.