Take the power back: self-management in post-stroke rehabilitation

There is an old proverb that says ‘knowledge is power.’ And when it comes to stroke rehabilitation, a little knowledge can go a long way. It stands to reason that with a better understanding of your condition, and of the processes and rationale behind the rehabilitation, you can reap greater benefits. This is the underlying…

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Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of a recurrent stroke

It is an unfortunate fact that having one stroke increases the risk of another stroke. According to the National Stroke Association, one-quarter of people who have a stroke will have another stroke in their lifetime. Stroke patients understandably want to know how to reduce their risk of a recurrent stroke. But compared to the research…

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Seeing your muscles flex during therapy – using ultrasound imaging as biofeedback in stroke therapy

Ever wish you could see inside your body to know how things are working?  Thanks to a new idea, it is now possible and has been found to be extremely useful. Stroke patients can now actually see their muscles contract and relax during therapy. Strokemark encountered this exciting new technique in a private clinic in…

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New finding: when it comes to stroke recovery, your dedication might pay off

Rehabilitation is a big part of life following ischemic stroke. When dealing with the day-to-day requirements of chronic stroke (including the risk of second or recurrent stroke), anything that makes your dedication to recovery feel worthwhile can have a significant impact on how you think about your new, post-stroke life. With this in mind, there is…

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Exercise and reducing the risk of a recurrent stroke: no matter what, you have to move!

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the world. People with a history of stroke are at increased risk of additional strokes or cardiovascular events. They have more than a 25% risk of recurrence within five years. There are many well-known risk factors for stroke and recurrent stroke. Hypertension, elevated…

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New evidence: transient ischemic attack (TIA) may not be transient at all, but there’s a lot you can do about it

A recently published study from the Netherlands suggests that transient ischemic attacks (TIA), or mini-strokes, may leave more long-lasting damage than previously thought. If your doctor told you that your stroke was “transient”, you may be misinformed. Lead researcher Dr. Frank Rooij analyzed brain imaging on TIA patients. He found that almost a third of…

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