At Progressive Therapy Associates, we specialize in treating brain injury. Many people are not aware that a stroke is a type of brain injury.
Through our commitment to increase awareness, education, and encourage survivors and their families during recovery, we will be discussing stroke.
What is a Stroke?
According to the National Stroke Association, a stroke is a brain attack. A stroke can happen at any time to anyone. It may also affect the family/caregivers as much as it does the person who suffered from the stroke.
A stroke happens when blood flow to a particular area of the brain is cut off. The lack of blood circulation then causes brain cells that are deprived of oxygen to die. As brain cells die during a stroke, the motor functions associated with the affected part of the brain begins to show symptoms such as memory loss and lack of muscle control.
The symptoms and effects that a person will exhibit during a stroke is dependent on the area of the brain that is affected and how much damage the stroke caused. After suffering a stroke, it is possible to recover with treatment.
We recommend and encourage everyone who has been affected personally or indirectly by a stroke to seek help because it can make all the difference in the world when it comes to quality of life for both the survivor and their family.
If you're interested in learning more about therapy for a stroke, request a free consultation at Progressive Therapy Associates or call us 701-356-7766. We are here to help you and your loved ones navigate the recovery path after a stroke.
Stroke Quick Facts
800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke every year
A stroke happens every 40 seconds in the United States
Every 4 minutes someone dies from a stroke
It is estimated that up to 80% of stokes can be prevented
Stroke kills twice as many woman as breast cancer every year
Children and infants have strokes too
25% of stroke survivors will experience another stroke
Recurrent strokes often have a higher rate of death and disability
Source: National Stroke Association
Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke
Every minute counts when it comes to treating a stroke. Since with every minute that the blood flow is blocked, brain cells are affected, which can cause permanent damage to a person's speech, movement, and memory.
We'd like to encourage you to understand, learn and identify the following signs and symptoms of a stroke so that you can react as quickly as possible at the first sign of a stroke.
Stroke Symptoms Include:
Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg (especially when this weakness is limited to one side of the body)
Sudden confusion, or difficulty understanding (comprehension)
Sudden trouble speaking
Sudden trouble with your vision in one or both eyes
Sudden trouble walking
Sudden loss of coordination and balance
Sudden severe headache without a cause
It is IMPORTANT that you dial 911 immediately at the sign of any of the symptoms noted above.
It is equally as important to try to remember what time the first symptom started and give this information to the 911 operator or emergency responder. This information can help them make treatment decisions because every minute counts.
Now that we know what to look for when evaluating a stroke, let's apply this knowledge toward assessing if someone might be experiencing a stroke.
1. Note what time it is.
2. Ask the person to smile. Note, does one side of their face droop?
3. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
4. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase like, my name is John Doe and I was born in North Dakota. Is their speech slurred?
If the person's face droops on one side, or one arm drifts downward, or their speech is slurred, call 911 immediately and be prepared to tell them what time you noticed the first sign of the stroke.
The timely call to 911 is the first step toward recovering from a stroke.
The Road Toward Recovery After a Stroke
Once you're ready to start your road toward recovery, you may find that you could benefit from a support group. Progressive Therapy Associates co-hosts the Mind Matters Brain Injury Support Group, This group meets the first Thursday of every month from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm at Progressive Therapy Associates.
At Progressive Therapy Associates, we also offer FREE consultations to help you or your loved one get the therapy and treatments that are critical toward recovery and improved quality of life.
The stroke therapy at Progressive Therapy Associates can help you to understand your injury, relearn skills that you may have lost, and regain independence.
7 Steps to Reducing the Risk for Recurrent Stroke
1. Manage your high blood pressure
2. Keep your diabetes under control
3. Eat a healthy diet
4. Stop smoking
5. Increase your physical activity
6. Control your alcohol consumption
7. Manage your high cholesterol
Understanding the changes that a person may experience after suffering from a stroke can help improve not only the physical aspect (speech, language, memory), but also the emotional state.
Most stroke symptoms are common and will improve with time and therapy from an experienced stroke treatment facility like Progressive Therapy Associates.
Physical symptoms that many stroke survivors experience include weakness, stiffness, numbness, poor balance, and uncoordinated movements. Speech may appear slurred or it may be challenging to pronounce sounds. It could also be difficult to communicate and get out words or understood what is being said. Swallowing can also be affected.
After a stroke, there can also be changes with thinking. The stroke survivor may have challenges with attention, memory, and problem solving. The person may be distracted or be unable to inhibit inappropriate behavior.
At Progressive Therapy Associates, their therapists specialize in addressing the speech, communication, swallowing, and cognitive changes that can happen after a stroke.
So remember, when it comes to recovering from a stroke, every minute counts. Commit the signs and symptoms of a stroke to memory. Remember how to evaluate if a person is suffering from a stroke. Seek help right away.
Progressive Therapy Associates does not wish a stroke on anyone, but should you or your loved one suffer a stroke, we are here to help.