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Doctor insights on: Diet Menu For Stroke Patients

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What is a nurse do to help stroke patients?

What is a nurse do to help stroke patients?

Great value: A nurse presence in the home can provide support for feeding, dressing, cleaning, and other activities of daily living. Extremely helpful during the process of rehab, as many patients will be unable to take care of themselves a visiting nurse in the home setting can allow other family members to pursue their individual responsibilities.

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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What should you do to massage a stroke patient?

What should you do to massage a stroke patient?

Seek doctor's aid: See your local healthcare professional to make sure it is okay to get massages after a stroke.

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What is the acronym used to help assess stroke patients?

What is the acronym used to help assess stroke patients?

Stroke: FAST ; F.......facial drooping. A.......arm weakness. S........speech difficulties. T........time.

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What tips do you have for a patient recovering from a stroke?

What tips do you have for a patient recovering from a stroke?

Don't give up: It may seem obvious, but putting forth as much effort as possible in rehabilitation will yield maximum results. In addition to the physical impairments, the fight against depression is often also difficult as a patient adjusts to the results of the stroke.

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What shall we do if the stroke patient complaint of excessive body pains?

F/u with Neurologist: Take him to the neurologist who may try medicines for neuropathic pain like lyrica, (pregabalin) Gabapentin or others. Otherwise take him to pain management to help him control the pain. Attempt to pinpoint where is the pain located, which joints, or between joints, the back, the neck, shoulders, knees, elbows, hands? May benefit fron cortisone shots.

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For a bedridden patient after stroke, how often should be turned over by his/her family?

Every 3 - 4 hours: Preventing bed sores is extremely important in a bedridden patient. Turning every 3 - 4 hours should suffice for most patients. Watch the sacrum and the heels, which are very susceptible. There are special beds available which can help as well.

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How common do u see young patient with stroke. Is it becoming more cpmmon in young. Also what would be most common cause?

How common do u see young patient with stroke. Is it becoming more cpmmon in young. Also what would be most common cause?

Common: I recently had a 22 yo female that developed a stroke a month after she started oral contraceptives. Young patient can develop stroke depending upon their risk factors, such as genetic predisposition, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, a combination of smoking and oral contraceptives, etc.

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What % of ischemic MCA stroke patients benefit from tpa (alteplase)?

What % of ischemic MCA stroke patients benefit from tpa (alteplase)?

Depends: This is a complex question. It depends on what percent of is already showing signs of infarction (dead brain) rather than just ischemia (brain at risk).... When we see > 1/3 of territory abnormal on initial ct scan, it is a contraindication for tpa (alteplase). It also depends on how long the symptoms have been occurring. But to answer your question, theoretically all could potentially benefit.

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Can you tell me is coffee good for stroke patients?

Neutral: Don't think coffee represents a risk or harmful substance to stroke patients, but unlikely to assist rehab efforts unless there is a speech issue and Ritalin (methylphenidate) is not tolerated, but caffeine really has no role in stroke therapy, good or bad.

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What could happen if a stroke patient's language rehabilitation is sabotaged?

Stroke: You have to be more specific - sabotage? Sounds like "goldfinger" is out to get you and only "james bond" can help. If you mean not covered by insurance - then this is becoming a reality with new healthcare these days. As stroke patient are regarded as not economically viable to society and hence dollars are not spent on them. Its rationed care-the new order of the day.

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Does the cardioemolic stroke patient (otherwise healthy) benefit from statins?!

Cardioembolic stroke: Good question. Strictly s[peaking, statin should not help cardioembolic stroke. Howevere, statin may help the cause of cardic source of emboli such as ischemic cardiomyopathy.

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How long for a stroke patient to feel some resolution of a stroke with the use of pt?

Highly variable: Stokes come in all degrees of severity. Some people begin improving immediately. Others take longer. You should understand that improvement is possible for up to two years following a stroke so don't despair - keep trying and working with pt.

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Is there any evidence of korean red ginseng extract helping the recovery of stroke patients?

Is there any evidence of korean red ginseng extract helping the recovery of stroke patients?

Wrong question: There is no systematic evidence that korean ginseng is good for anything, let alone stroke. Ginseng is one of those bogus "ancient wisdom" things. Its use is based on a superstition called the "doctrine of signatures:" because the root looks like a little headless man, the ancients got this delusion that it would cure things. Arm yourself with modern knowledge, not ancient superstition.

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Are strokes more common in patients with cancer?

Are strokes more common in patients with cancer?

Cancer stroke: There is higher risk for stroke in cancer pt due to relative hypercouglable state of cancer. Depending on chemo agent they can increase risk for strokes. Don't get caught too much on this. Talk to doctors and oncologists about your particular cancer and treatments.

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How should a concussion affect a stroke patient?

How should a concussion affect a stroke patient?

It may worsen the sy: Any injury to the head, if severe enough, can worsen the deficits cased by the stroke.