What is a stroke?

A stroke is an abrupt interruption in the blood supply of the brain. Most strokes are caused by a sudden blockage of arteries leading to the brain. Other strokes are caused by bleeding into brain tissue when a blood vessel bursts. Because stroke occurs rapidly and requires acute attention, stroke is also called a “brain attack”. When the symptoms of a stroke last only a short time (less than an hour), this is called a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or mini-stroke.
There are three types of strokes. These are:

Ischemic Stroke
This is the most common type of stroke. It accounts for almost 80 percent of all strokes. It is caused by a clot or other blockage within an artery leading to the brain.

Intracerebral Hemorrhage
This type of stroke is caused by the sudden rupture of an artery within the brain. Blood is then released into the brain compressing brain structures.

Sub arachnoid Hemorrhage
A subarachnoid hemorrhage is also a type of stroke caused by the sudden rupture of an artery. A subarachnoid hemorrhage differs from an intracerebral hemorrhage in that the location of the rupture leads to blood filling the space surrounding the brain rather than inside of it.

The effects of a stroke are different for everyone, depending on the part of the brain injured, how bad the injury is, and the person’s general health condition. Effects such as weakness, paralysis, problems with balance or coordination, pain or numbness, problems with memory or thinking, tiredness, and problems with bladder or bowel control can all change the way a person functions in the home.
Adjusting to Home Environment

When a stroke patient returns home, the home environment can greatly impact a person’s recovery. The home includes the social and cultural environment such as the people who live there, as well as the physical aspects of the home such as steps and layout. It is important that the home environment be one that supports continuing recovery and safety for the patient.

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Caring for a loved one recovering from stroke or any neurological deficits can be overwhelming. Our care team can assist you and your loved one prior to being discharged home.
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