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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Fighting inactivity after stroke – why you should be working out years after a stroke

Exercise is good for you, and even suffering a stroke doesn’t excuse you from working out! No matter if you’ve just had a stroke a week ago, or a year ago, the prescription is the same. The best recipe for better health is 20-60 minutes of aerobics, such as walking or swimming, 3-5 days a week.…

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Setting goals in stroke rehabilitation can make a difference

What makes a successful rehabilitation effort and who calls the shots during it? Most medical professionals officially subscribe to a “person-centered” approach directed, in large part, by the patient. But is this an aspiration or a reality? A recent survey of the available literature looks at barriers to person-centeredness and how to get past them.…

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Recovering from stroke with the comforts of home

Rather than going to therapy, what if therapy could come to you? Traditionally, most stroke patients have to stay at a rehab center or travel to the closest one near their home. On top of having new disabilities and having to work out harder than ever, they have to arrange for their own transportation or…

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Is a group-based approach to memory training better than going it alone?

With stroke being recognized as one of the most common causes of long-term disability, it might sometimes feel like your path to recovery was set long before you even experienced a stroke. But the reality is that there is still much that is unknown. And while clinical research plays a role in improving our understanding…

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Epilepsy after stroke: what are the treatment options?

After experiencing a stroke, life changes… a lot. And for roughly 7% of stroke survivors, post-stroke epilepsy (PSE) is the challenge they face. Unfortunately, only limited treatment options for the condition exist. That’s why researchers from Japan decided to look into this topic. They reviewed the current PSE knowledge looking at the latest data on…

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Could a bad night’s sleep mean more than just an unproductive day for stroke survivors?

We all know that a bad night’s sleep can leave us feeling worse for wear, but did you ever stop to think that your troubled nights might mean more than just unproductive days? If the number of studies investigating the association of sleep with health is anything to go by, chances are you have —…

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What does my child need after a stroke? Looking to meet the needs of pediatric patients and their families

Stroke survivors have an uphill battle ahead of them. Strokes can devastate patients with disability and health problems for the rest of their lives. Most of the time, we think of stroke happening to our grandparents and older friends. But stroke can sometimes affect children too. When it comes to a child stroke survivor, what…

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