Life After a Stroke

By Kayli Nichols PSY 391

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What is a Stroke?

A stroke occurs when there is a blockage to the brain's blood supply. Symptoms that usually indicate a stroke include but are not limited to slurred speech and loss of arm or even leg functioning. If you know of someone that are having these symptoms contact a medical professional immediately.

Symptoms include:

  • Difficulty with speaking
  • Difficulty understanding or even confusion with simple tasks
  • A Severe headache
  • Vision changes (in one or even both eyes)
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Facial droop that occurs on one side
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What Occurs Within the Brain?

Strokes can occur at various spots within the brain. However, one of the main areas that is affected is the Temporal Lobe. The Temporal Lobe is the area within the brain that controls speech, understands and process language, retrieves words, and even deals with memory storage.

Therefore, those that have suffered from a stroke, may have complications with speech, understanding, and memory.

Life After a Stroke

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Treatment Options

There are various types of rehabilitation for those who have suffered from a stroke. There are Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, and even a counseling where individuals can just talk with a counselor about emotional factors. These counseling sessions help individuals and even their family members to cope with various stresses that precede a stroke.

In addition to these various therapies, often surgery can be helpful in reducing the risk of another occurrence. There are also various medications that will inhibit the clot formation of blood.

One of the most important factors to research is lifestyle changes. Changes done nutritionally and to the diet can help to reduce the risk of future occurrence as well.

Three Questions You Would Like To Have Answered?

Life after a stroke can be a very confusing time and there are many questions to be answered. Be sure to ask as many questions as you can when meeting with your healthcare professional.

Here are some sample questions to ask:

  • What is the latest treatment that is available?
  • What treatment would be appropriate for my loved one at this time?
  • Are there any side-effects of the treatment that we should watch out for?
  • What else can I do for my loved one?

Be sure to write down any questions you would like to have answered below:

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