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what is stroke?

A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is a medical condition that occurs when there is a sudden disruption of blood supply to the brain, leading to damage or death of brain cells. This interruption can be caused by a blockage (ischemic stroke) or bleeding (hemorrhagic stroke) in the blood vessels supplying the brain. The lack of oxygen and nutrients during a stroke can result in various neurological impairments, such as paralysis, difficulty speaking, and cognitive deficits. Prompt medical attention is crucial to minimize the impact of a stroke and improve the chances of recovery.

Symptoms Of Stroke

The symptoms of a stroke can vary depending on the type of stroke (ischemic or hemorrhagic) and the specific area of the brain affected. Common signs and symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness: Typically, this occurs on one side of the body, affecting the face, arm, or leg.
  • Confusion or trouble speaking: Difficulty in understanding speech or forming coherent sentences.
  • Trouble with vision: Sudden blurred or double vision, or loss of vision in one or both eyes.
  • Severe headache: A sudden, intense headache with no apparent cause.
  • Dizziness or loss of balance: Sudden onset of dizziness, loss of coordination, or difficulty walking.

It is crucial to recognize these symptoms and seek immediate medical attention if someone is experiencing them, as early intervention can significantly improve the outcome of a stroke. Remember the acronym FAST: Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call emergency services.

Main cause of Stroke:

The main causes of strokes can be broadly categorized into two types: ischemic and hemorrhagic.

  • Ischemic Stroke: This occurs when there is a blockage or clot in a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. The blockage can originate within the blood vessels of the brain (thrombotic stroke) or be brought to the brain from another part of the body (embolic stroke). The most common risk factors for ischemic stroke include high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, obesity, and high cholesterol.
  • Hemorrhagic Stroke: This type of stroke results from bleeding in the brain due to the rupture of a blood vessel. Hemorrhagic strokes can be caused by conditions such as uncontrolled hypertension, aneurysms, or arteriovenous malformations.

Various lifestyle factors, genetic predispositions, and medical conditions contribute to the risk of stroke. Addressing and managing these risk factors through lifestyle modifications and medical interventions can significantly reduce the likelihood of experiencing a stroke.

how can we help?

At Portea, our dedicated physiotherapists extend their expertise to guide stroke patients through a tailored rehabilitation plan. Focused on strengthening muscles and stabilizing affected areas, our treatment encompasses various post-stroke exercises. This includes enhancing daily living activities, managing sensory motor deficits, improving functional mobility and independence, aiding in bowel and bladder function improvement, enhancing strength and motor control, and prescribing assistive and adaptive devices. Beyond physiotherapy for stroke, we offer a comprehensive range of healthcare services at home, including doctor consultations, nursing visits, trained attendant services, and the rental or purchase of medical equipment. Portea is your trusted partner in delivering physiotherapy management of stroke in the comfort of your home.

With Portea, you’re not just getting physiotherapy for stroke patients at home ; you’re gaining a partner in your journey to recovery and well-being. We also offer a range of superior healthcare services, including doctor consultations, medical equipment, nursing home care, and dedicated caretakers. Rely on us for top-tier healthcare solutions tailored to your requirements.

meet our renowned physiotherapists

Dr.L Swarna Harini-MPT/BPT – 7 years Experience

Dr. Hari Prasad M – MPT – 4 years Experience.

Dr.Neha Suhas Kulkarni – MPT- 4.5 years Experiences

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Can a person recover from brain stroke?

While some individuals may experience a swift recovery, many stroke survivors require prolonged assistance to regain maximal independence. The rehabilitation journey is tailored based on the severity of symptoms, commencing in the hospital and extending to home or a local clinic within the community. This ongoing support aims to facilitate recovery and enhance the individual’s ability to lead a more independent life.

How to avoid stroke?

Prevent strokes by prioritizing these crucial measures:

  • Maintain normal blood pressure.
  • Quit smoking if you currently do.
  • Ensure blood sugar levels are within the normal range.
  • Seek treatment for heart disease, if applicable.
  • Keep cholesterol levels in check.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Engage in regular physical activity.

How is stroke treated?

The primary treatment for an ischemic stroke involves administering tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a medication that dissolves blood clots obstructing blood flow to the brain. A healthcare professional injects tPA into a vein in your arm. It’s crucial to administer this medication within three hours of the onset of stroke symptoms.

What foods can elevate the risk of stroke?

  • Meats, particularly red and processed meats rich in saturated fat.
  • Full-fat dairy items like butter and cheese, high in saturated fat.
  • Sweet treats, such as soda, energy drinks, cookies, cakes, and candies.

What exercise is most beneficial for stroke patients?

Engaging in activities like outdoor walking, treadmill walking, stationary cycling, recumbent cross training, and other exercises that elevate heart rate is highly advantageous for stroke recovery, as outlined in the Ultimate Guide to Stroke Exercises.

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