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Does Hgh Help With Stroke Victims
Some considerations: If patient has trouble swallowing, may need soft, or semiliquid items, which careful monitoring to prevent choking. If can speak and swallow, might look at a low fat, healthful diet such as a mediterranean dietary approach, and provide supplemental vitamins as indicated. May be useful to have dietician make more precise recommendations. ...Read more
Yes, As Long As....: As long as the stroke did not leave the victim with difficulty in swallowing, which would make all oral intake problematic, there should be no issue with moderate chocolate intake. Caloric and dietary restrictions relative to other conditions like diabetes could restrict chocolate intake as well. ...Read more
Significant: Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the usa, and the most common cause of long-term disability. Rate of death is highly dependent on size, location, and duration of decreased blood flow, and too many variables to be specific, as each case varies. ...Read more
Therapy is the mainstay in regaining functionality after a stroke.
Persistence and stubborness will help in attitude.
Trying to use the other hand will help but continued practice is a good idea. ...Read more
Stroke recovery: Some people recover completely from a stroke. Stroke is a leading cause of disability however. Some people have a limited recovery, and some people do not recover any of the function they lost. Common disabilities after stroke are impairments of speech, swallowing, vision, walking, strength and sensation. Recovery may take a year or longer to occur. ...Read more
Stroke: Repetitive motions working on the are where weakness exists will help. Be aware that depression and the loss of effort and or hope can be detrimental for recovery. Repetitive efforts to use the neural circuits which have been damaged however although frustrating can be quite helpful. ...Read more
Normally as possible: Patients who have had stroke generally prefer to be treated as they were treated before their stroke as much as possible. Certain physical losses may prevent certain activities or participation but as much as the stroke victim can participate safely and without embarrassment they should. ...Read more
Supportive: As with everyone, you should treat a stroke victim with respect. Give them support if they need it, help if they request it and space if they want it. Just think about how you would want to be treated in the same circumstance and let that be your guide. ...Read more
TIA vs CVA: Medically speaking, mini-strokes are transient ischemic attacks. Strokes come in two flavors: ischemic & hemorrhagic. Former is a clogged pipe while latter is a burst pipe. Patients who have had a stroke are at increase risk for another. And those who've had a mini-stroke are at great risk for a full blown stroke. Talk to family doc about symptoms in order to get more testing & optimize treatment. ...Read more
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Stroke: Yes. If there is pain. Treat the pain. ...Read more
Flexion contractures: One of the problems with stroke is that the balance of flexion and extension muscles are often lost and the greater tone results in abnormal postures (contractures). The real answer depends on how recently the cva has occurred and if the patient has been splinted, received pt or Botox (to weaken the stronger pull). The longer the deformity has been present the less chance it will be recoverable. ...Read more
No one fixed answer:
The real risk depends on other comorbid conditions such as the state of coronary and peripheral vessels, the condition of the cardiovascular system
, the presense of diabetes and lipid levels.
Also how compliant the patient is with thier medications and folow up with neurlogist pcp and cardiologist. ...Read more
No way to predict: Depends on degree of direct care and supervision, as the risk factors include thrombophlebitis with potential pulmonary embolism, secondary infections such as pneumonia, and the concurrent risks of additional strokes and even heart attacks. Risk factor management is critical. The first year may well be crucial. ...Read more
Not rare: In the older age group, seizures are often caused by cerebrovascular disease, and needs preventative treatment. Many anti-epileptic drugs are useful, but since older folks take multiple meds, best to find one without drug-drug interactions, such as lyrica, keppra, vimpat, (lacosamide) neurontin, etc. ...Read more
Approx 10% of stroke patients have seizures within 5 years after a stroke. Some of these patients have multiple seizure episodes, and are diagnosed with post-stroke epilepsy.
Seizures soon after stroke may be related to blood product irritation (hemorrhagic strokes) or related to decreased blood flow, hypoxia (low oxygen) or other factors for ischemic (embolic) stroke. ...Read more
Neurologist/PCP: A neurologist has a higher degree of training in the nervous system and its problems. For an uncomplicated stroke, a good PCP might well achieve the same good results as a neurologist. The neurologist is more likely to pick up something or do something else that the PCP hasn't the training or experience to handle. When you see a specialist it is for the higher level of training in the problem area ...Read more
Treatment: If you are depressed by a family member's stroke you could attend a support group for family members of stroke victims. Check your local hospital or rehabilitation hospital to see when the group meets. If the feelings of depression still persist, contact your physician to discuss options including counseling or medications. ...Read more
Stroke: If due to a stroke the loss of hand function is usually due to damage to the motor cortex of the brain. If the contralateral side of the brain can't take over that function, there isn't much that can be done at present. ...Read more
OT can be helpful: After a stroke the function of the arm or hand may be affected. If this is the case the ability to do basic activities of daily living can be impaired. In this situation occupational therapy is part of standard rehabilitation along with other therapy disciplines like phyical therapy and if needed speech therapy. ...Read more
OT: Ot is used to help people learn compensatories strategies for performing their activities of daily living including bathing, grooming, dressing, getting in and out of the bathroom, showering etc, they also focus on trying to strengthen the upper extremities deal with issues of pain and paralysis of the upper extremities. They are very helpful. It has nothing to do with an "occupation". ...Read more