A person’s lifestyle can change considerably after a sudden stroke, especially when there are lingering physical or mental effects. Everyday tasks may become prohibitively difficult, and memory problems may interfere with communication. Seeking regular medical attention and professional support after a stroke is crucial for regaining one’s independence. Below is an overview of some guidelines and support resources from Regional Medical Center of San Jose’s Certified Stroke Center:
Dealing With the Aftermath of Stroke
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, nearly two-thirds of stroke victims require rehabilitation. Although the effects of a stroke are generally irreversible, post-stroke rehabilitation can help a patient circumvent the obstacles of impairment and regain lost mobility. Each patient’s rehabilitation needs will vary depending on the type and degree of damage, so consider consulting with a stroke specialist to develop an effective rehabilitation plan.
Reducing Your Risk for Recurrent Incidents.
According to studies from the National Stroke Association, approximately five to 14 percent of stroke survivors suffer from a recurrence within the following year; the likelihood of recurrence increases dramatically to 42 percent for men (24 percent for women) in the following five years. Closely monitoring your cardiovascular health with a qualified doctor is an essential step for reducing the risk of stroke recurrence.
Resources for Family Members.
When a stroke occurs, it can also affect a patient’s loved ones. Unfortunately, a stroke may have a significant neurological impact on a person’s emotional control—and when coupled with the stress of the stroke itself—can prompt outbursts of aggression. In order to better understand the neurological impact of a stroke, consider seeking out supportive therapeutic resources for loved ones.
Regional Medical Center of San Jose’s Certified Stroke Center is an award-winning institution that has been repeatedly recognized for its extensive efforts to provide quality medical care and services by the American Stroke Association. To learn more about our stroke treatment and rehabilitation services, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 762-8881, or contact us online today.