The 10 Golden Rules for maximizing stroke recovery

The long and arduous process of rehabilitation begins immediately after a stroke. But where should you get started and what are the most important things for you to know? We have tried to make answering these questions a little easier for you. Filtering through the most recent scientific discoveries and busting through the many misconceptions…

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The 2 best ways to improve your swallowing

Dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing) can hinder many functions that people once took for granted. Things like eating can become difficult or nearly impossible. Patients report a feeling of food stuck in the throat. Several conditions can lead to dysphagia, and stroke is one of them. Techniques to improve swallowing Usually, stroke-related dysphagia management uses a…

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Virtual reality in stroke rehabilitation: it’s more than just a game

According to a group of researchers based in Italy, virtual reality (VR) can offer real-world benefits when it comes to stroke rehabilitation. These researchers reviewed 15 scientific studies and concluded that using virtual reality in stroke rehabilitation can lead to better outcomes in walking speed, balance, and mobility than just stand-alone conventional therapy. While further…

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Using real-time brain imaging to help your recovery – a new technology on the horizon!

Ever wonder what’s going on in someone’s head? Actually, those in the scientific community wonder this all the time. And now, with the help of a new type of MRI scanner, they can find out! The MRI machines that most of us know use strong magnetic fields and radio waves to create images of the…

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How your doctor makes decisions when it comes to your rehab

Stroke rehabilitation programs start as soon as possible and continue well after a patient leaves the hospital. And the goal of these programs is to get patients functioning on a level where they can regain some independence. But to ensure that patients get the most out of their time and effort, there’s a lot of…

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Why monitoring your blood pressure is important after stroke

We’re not telling you anything new here when we say that high blood pressure can lead to health issues, including stroke. Just reducing your blood pressure by 5 points can decrease your risk of a recurrent stroke by 10% and reduce the risk of cardiovascular death by up to 25%. But what can you do…

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The 7 best tips to get a good night’s sleep after a stroke

We’ve all heard about the importance of a good night’s sleep. But we also know that it is not always easy to come by. Some of you reading this might be thinking, “What’s that again? It’s been so long since I’ve slept well.” And that’s not surprising because many stroke survivors have trouble getting the rest…

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A checklist for stroke patients that can help you get the most out of your next appointment

Being sent home after a stroke can cause mixed emotions for patients and caretakers alike. On the one hand, you are happy to return to your surroundings. On the other hand, you might feel anxious about the next steps. People often feel abandoned by the healthcare system once they leave their rehabilitation centers. And, therefore, they are…

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