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Tips for caregivers of Stroke survivors

Stroke is a situation that, contrary to popular belief, can be recovered from with the help of appropriate medical treatment and post-medical rehabilitation programmes. Taking care of stroke patients and catering to their requirements entail a long-term commitment. As a caregiver for stroke survivors, you must be cautious while dealing with the patients by keeping in mind some of the most important tips of caregiving. Educate yourself on the topic of stroke: Learn about the disease from experts and doctors. It is important to know your subject matter while dealing with a survivor so that care is provided as required. Take part in the rehabilitation programmes: Post-medical rehabilitation plays a vital role on the road to recovery. Be present and to understand more about stroke and the ways of dealing with the survivor. Know about the risk factors for a relapse: Make sure that you know the risk factors and precautions of the already suffered and survived attack. Seek outside help and support if required: It is not possible for one to look after everything and at the same time make sure that things are perfectly in place. There are a number of services available like, adult day care and night care, and special...
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Stroke Rehabilitation: All you need to know

Stroke is a medical condition in which excess or lack of blood flow into the brain results in the death of cells. The two main types of stroke are Hemorrhagic and Ischaemic. From the onset of the basic symptoms like inability to move, slurred speech, blurred vision, inability to understand, reeling of the head, and sudden blackout, patients affected with stroke must be rushed to the hospital intensive care unit. However,  along with immediate medical treatment, post-hospitalisation treatment that involves long-term rehabilitation programmes must be conducted to help recovering patients regain confidence and independence to carry on with their lives. A patient, who has undergone medical treatment for stroke, must be admitted to a post-medical rehabilitation care unit as soon as they are released from the hospital. The first few days after release from the hospital play a vital role in shaping the road to recovery. Depending on the severity of the stroke, rehabilitation units may include – An in-patient therapy unit in the hospital A sub-acute care unit A rehabilitation hospital with customised inpatient therapy Long-term nursing care Rehabilitation processes depend on the type and intensity of stroke. The therapies that are involved in stroke rehabilitation are: Physical Activities                                                                                                                          Motor-skill...
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Stroke: Warning Signs, Symptoms, and Treatments

Stroke is a condition in which excess or lack of blood flow to the brain causes death of the brain cells. The two main types of stroke are Ischaemic; which is caused due to lack of blood flow, and hemorrhagic; which is caused due to excess blood flow. Stroke has some standard warning signs or symptoms, which must be recognised timely for proper treatment and recovery. Warning signs or symptoms of stroke: It is vital to remember the main warning signs of stroke. It is easy to remember if one memorises the word, FAST. This word is formed out of the first letters of the general method of stroke detection. F – Face Drooping A – Arm Weakness S –Speech Difficulty T – Time to call Emergency Services It is extremely important to call an ambulance immediately as a possible stroke is predicted, even if one is not completely sure. It is always better to be safe than to be sorry. Other major symptoms of stroke include: Paralysis on one side of the body Difficulty in understanding simple things Dizziness Blurred vision Loss of balance Severe headache Loss of consciousness Medical treatments after a stroke attack: Stroke can be treated...
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How to prevent a stroke?

Stroke is a situation in which the quantity of blood flow to the brain is distorted, which results in the death of brain cells. To work towards prevention of stroke, one must keep in mind its causes and risk factors. Diet: To keep the brain active and functional, a healthy combination of vitamins, minerals, and fibre is required. A good balance of all the nutrients, taken in on a regular basis, keeps the brain and body fit. Exercise: Healthy food might be one of the most important aspects of good health, but it is not the sole aspect. Exercise is vital to the maintenance of a healthy body and physique. Physical movement allows the food to be digested in a systematic pattern. This further enables the brain cells to function. After all, the brain and the body are connected, and the cells keep live going. Alcohol: Overdose of alcohol is a slow killer. Alcohol, if consumed more than the prescribed limit, leads to damage to the liver and an increase in blood pressure. This leads to an abnormal rush of blood in the brain, which results in the death of brain cells. Smoking: One of the greatest threats to positive...
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