A stroke occurs when part of the brain loses its blood supply and stops working. A stroke also is called as cerebro-vascular accident (CVA), Transient ischemic attack (TIA), or mini stroke (This is a warning sign that a stroke may occur in the near future). From onset of symptoms, there is only 3 to 4.5 hours window to use clot-busting drugs (thrombolytics) to try to restore blood supply to the affected part of the brain.

Causes of strokes include ischemia (loss of blood supply) or hemorrhage (bleeding) in the brain. People at risk for stroke include those who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and those who smoke. People with heart rhythm disturbances, especially atrial fibrillation are also at risk.

You can prevent stroke by:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Controlling blood pressure
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Eating a healthy diet &
  • Exercising on a regular basis

The prognosis and recovery for a person who has suffered a stroke depends upon the location of the injury to the brain. The purpose of rehabilitation is to return the stroke patient to their life and level of function that existed before the stroke. The success of that goal depends upon the underlying health of the patient and severity of brain injury.

Physiotherapist plays an important role in helping patient achieving maximum level of function, breathing exercises are taught to patient to improve lung capacity, balance exercise and coordination is improved for improving functional efficacy of patient and rehabilitates them back to society.

Rehabilitation may take weeks and months and usually requires a team approach for success. Physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech pathologists will coordinate care with the primary health care professional and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists.

Some of the treatments are directed to prevent life-threatening complications. For example,. Physical therapists may concentrate on strength and balance to prevent falls. Occupational therapists may find ways to allow the patient to perform daily activities from personal hygiene to cooking in the kitchen. Speech pathologists may help with swallowing to prevent aspiration pneumonia.

To know more on this please contact DR. SHRUTI SAMPATH SHETTY, Head Physiotherapy on +919980067000/ 080-22586700 or leave a message to us on hello@kiteshealth.com or visit us on www.kiteshealth.com

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