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How do I reteach someone basic skills after stroke?

How do I reteach someone basic skills after stroke?

No simple answer: Physical therapists and occupational therapists are the experts in this area. Everyone who has had a stroke deserves special attention from these professionals and you can learn directly from them and apply that knowledge at home on an on-going basis. They'll be very happy to teach you, in my experience. ...Read more

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Gran had stroke and can't use knife or hold coffee cup. Ot tested other skills and said she didn't need therapy. She wants to be indepndent. What to do?

Gran had stroke and can't use knife or hold coffee cup. Ot tested other skills and said she didn't need therapy. She wants to be indepndent. What to do?

Home OT and PT: If your grandmother can't use a knife or hold a coffee cup it is hard to believe she was cleared by ot, but insurance is trying to cut back on such services. I would request a repeat home ot evaluation (different therapist) but also work on techniques yourself. These can include a larger handle on utensils (best to buy them that way, but could also wrap with duct tape in a pinch). ...Read more

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What are the chances someone having a heart attack or stroke in there 30's?

What are the chances someone having a heart attack or stroke in there 30's?

Rare.: Stroke risk is about 1/5000 for those under 45 with most of the risk borne by those with congenital or acquired problems of the heart, blood, or serious inflammatory disease, metabolic disorders, or drug ingestion. If you have none of these your risk is substantially lower. ...Read more

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What tests should be done after someone has a stroke?

What to measure: After a stroke, a person should have their blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm measured. They should have blood testing for blood count, cholesterol/LDL, electrolytes and blood sugar. They should have a CT scan of the head. They may also have an MRI of the brain, ultrasound of the carotid arteries (or something similar), and echocardiogram. ...Read more

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What should I give someone for dinner if she had a stroke recently?

What should I give someone for dinner if she had a stroke recently?

Depends: First, it would make a huge difference if her stroke affected the ability to chew and swallow. In that case, she should have been given very specific guidelines. If not, a heart healthy diet is recommended from now on. Search "american heart association diet" for more guidelines. ...Read more

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Help please! when someone is having a stroke what are the symptoms?

Stroke : FAST !: •fast : face( droop) , arm( weak) , spech( slurred) , time( quick ) ! sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg - especially on one side of the body. •sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding. •sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes. •sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination. •sudden severe headache with no known cause. ...Read more

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How do I know if i had a stroke because that's what someone told me it was?¿

CVA: Or stroke occurs in two general types, bleeding or isquemic. Causes may include clots, aneurysms, infection, cancer, severe migraines and vascullitits. A serious stoke vs. Temporary will leave neurological weakness on the corresponding body part controlled by that region. ...Read more

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What must I do if someone with possible stroke refuses to go to the emergency room?

Convince them to go!: Strokes are life-threatening emergency situations that require immediate treatment. If you suspect someone is having a stroke, try your hardest to convince them to immediately go to the hospital. You can also call 911 and have the paramedics/emt's try and convince them. Paramedics/emt's are often able to convince people to accept emergency treatment. ...Read more

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When someone has had a stroke and it affects their judgment, what exactly does that mean?

Frontal disconnect: I can't answer for the whoever quoted that phrase to you but as a neurologist when someone says "judgment" was affected by a stroke it makes me think of impulsiveness, lack of concentration, or acting without considering consequences. If you'd like to share more information with me on this case write to me @: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi and input Key Code PDXFNR to set up an appointment ...Read more