Improving diagnosis of ischemic stroke: meet the innovators

The release of a new app can help clinicians efficiently determine whether a patient would benefit from a thrombectomy. As a result, patients can quickly get the care they need. A thrombectomy is a life-saving procedure that removes a blood clot from inside an artery or vein. Experts typically perform this procedure in emergency situations, such as…

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High-tech stroke rehab: tapping into brain signals to artificially activate your muscles

The forward march of progress is indeed a remarkable thing. Technology that seems like it should be in a science fiction movie is becoming part of our everyday reality. Take, for instance, the brain-computer interface (BCI). This device accepts signals from your brain for analysis or even action. And it gives your brain a chance…

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Helping doctors predict the future after a stroke: 5 variables that determine your outcome

After a stroke, you and your loved ones are left wondering – what now? You might be experiencing new disabilities that limit your independence. Or, maybe you’re having trouble walking. Stroke can also make it harder for you to speak. All these limitations have a huge impact on your quality of life. The worse you…

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Get moving – why we should reduce sedentary behavior after stroke

We’ve probably all seen recent headlines telling us that “sitting kills” and that we need to get up and move. Many of us have step counters to work towards that elusive goal of 10,000 daily steps, but our modern conveniences often work against us. Right now, you are more than likely sitting down to read…

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Cognitive remediation: finding the sweet spot to maximize the benefits

While there are many different approaches to stroke rehabilitation, most fit into one of two categories. The physical approach is the focus of many early rehabilitation programs. The cognitive approach seeks to address the underlying problems that can persist beyond the immediately visible effects of stroke. And it’s this cognitive approach that many stroke sufferers value…

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Can computers help us recover speech after stroke? Find out how!

Stroke survivors can often develop problems with speaking if the damage affects language areas of the brain. This condition is called aphasia, and the treatment usually is speech therapy. Communicating is essential for a good quality of life. Imagine not being able to read stories to your grandchildren! Unfortunately, it’s really hard to re-learn how to…

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Tips and tricks to get healthier after stroke

Besides eating healthy and exercising, staying healthy involves other lifestyle habits such as avoiding alcohol and smoking, having a healthy weight, and taking care of your other medical problems. People who exercise regularly and eat a diet rich in fruits and veggies tend to live longer, and this is still true in stroke survivors. Research has shown…

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Stimulating your nerves so you can walk to a better life after stroke

More than 100 years ago, scientists already knew the benefits of stimulating nerves to help you recover function. Things as simple as massage and vibration treatments can do wonders for your recovery. Though we understand its benefits, we still don’t use this kind of therapy routinely in stroke rehab. Though we know it works, we…

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