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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. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Stroke (Definition)

Stroke is a loss of neurological function due to loss of blood flow to a part of the brain. This can be the result of clotting locally, an embolus from elsewhere in the vascular system or bleeding in the brain. It is usually manifest by a sudden ...Read more


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I am recovering from a stroke termed "ataxic". Will an elliptical machine will help my balance?

I am recovering from a stroke termed "ataxic". Will an elliptical machine will help my balance?

Avoid it now: Your characteristic term implies loss of balance and incoordination. Do not risk falling from an exercise machine, you do not need new injury. Instead work with physical therapist and gradually rehab and gain better function. Perhaps in a few months you can return to your exercise machines. ...Read more

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My husband has been diagnosed with severe white matter brain disease. What is that and what does it mean? He is recovering from a stroke.

My husband has been diagnosed with severe white matter brain disease.  What is that and what does it mean?  He is recovering from a stroke.

"White matter": I agree with dr. Kumar. "white matter" refers to the nerve fibers that facilitate communication between nerve cells -- along with myelin, a fatty sheath that covers the them. White matter is below the surface layer of the brain, and can be followed all the way down the spinal cord. Strokes can injure these areas; some people have cognitive changes as well as physical symptoms afterwards. ...Read more

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How do I recover from a stroke?

How do I recover from a stroke?

Give order to brain: Agree with other drs. Will add that if the stroke is caused by an infarct and not by bleeding in the brain pts. Should take some sort of anti platelet or anticoagulant. If the reason was an emboli associated to atrial fibrillation needs anticoagulantion with warfarin/other. If the stroke was b/o carotid stenosis higher that 75% needs carotid surgery (endarterectomy). Physical therapy is critical. ...Read more

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How long will it take to recover from a stroke?

How long will it take to recover from a stroke?

Alpha-omega: From 10 seconds to never. Depends on stroke size, location, patient age, comorbidities, degree of skillful medical care, home support system, good or bad habits, drug abuse/misuse, smoking, physical exercise, mental exercise, optimism/pessimism, etc. ...Read more

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How can I help my husband recover from a stroke?

How can I help my husband recover from a stroke?

Encourage: Physical therapy, mobility, continue to love him and work with communication and exercises. Strokes can be varied and he and you have to work on the involved muscles, brain etc. Depending on the damage full recovery can be possible. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to recover from a stroke?

How long does it usually take to recover from a stroke?

Depends: Strokes are classified into a variety of subtypes. Recovery is often linked to the type of stroke that occurred. Regardless, patience and aggressive therapy is key to progressing. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from a stroke?

Although the first f: The first few months is a significant predictor for the level of stroke recovery. However, recovery can continue over a much longer period of time. In fact there are some strategies that take advantage of neurologic plasticity for a sub group of patient to facilitate further recovery even years after the initial event. Evaluation and guidance by an appropriate medical specialist is critical. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to fully recover from a stroke?

Varies greatly: From full recovery to no recovery. Factors that are important include size of the stroke, location of the stroke, presence of bleeding with the stroke, previous strokes, cause of the stroke, and baseline medical condition of the patient. ...Read more