Seva At Home Stroke Recovery Care Service helps stroke patients relearn tasks, regain lost skills, and achieve normal mental, physical, and speech functions. This care service promotes successful recovery from a stroke at home to maximize the patient’s chances of achieving their independence in the long run.
- What is a Stroke?
- Types of Stroke
- Who Can Experience a Stroke?
- What Happens to Your Body When You Are Having a Stroke?
- What Complications to Expect After Having a Stroke?
- What is Stroke Recovery Care?
- Importance of Stroke Recovery Care
- Types of Stroke Recovery Care Services Offered by Seva At Home
What is a Stroke?
A stroke is a medical emergency that occurs whenever there is a sudden interruption in the supply of blood to the brain which is usually caused by an abrupt artery blockage or burst of a blood vessel. This interruption prevents the tissues in the brain from getting the necessary oxygen and nutrients that it needs to function properly.
Types of Stroke
Ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke and it accounts for almost 87% of all strokes that occur worldwide. This type of stroke happens whenever a vessel that supplies blood to the brain is blocked or obstructed.
Haemorrhagic stroke is a type of stroke that is caused by the bursting of a weakened vessel that bleeds into the brain. The rupture of the vessel results in the accumulation and compression of blood into the surrounding brain tissues which causes the stroke.
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
Transient ischemic attack (TIA), also known as a mini-stroke, is a type of stroke that is caused by a temporary blockage or obstruction of the flow of blood to the brain. This type of stroke doesn’t produce any permanent damage but it may be a signal of an approaching full-blown stroke in the near future.
Cryptogenic stroke is a type of stroke that has an unknown cause. This type of stroke is dangerous, despite various testing and analyses the cause of this type of stroke can’t be determined, which means that a targeted treatment can be produced or created without further testing and evaluation.
Brain Stem Stroke
Brain stem stroke is a type of stroke that produces complex symptoms which is quite difficult to analyze and diagnose. The symptoms that are commonly associated with this type of stroke include vertigo, severe imbalance, dizziness, double vision, decreased level of consciousness, and slurred speech.
Who Can Experience a Stroke?
The reality is that everyone can experience a stroke, but some people have higher risk factors than others.
To determine your current risk factor, here are some important details and data regarding certain characteristics that can contribute to increasing the risk of having a stroke.
People that are overweight, physically inactive, heavy drinkers and those that use illegal drugs such as methamphetamine and cocaine are more likely to have a stroke than those that do not.
People with medical conditions such high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obstructive sleep apnea, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and those that have a family history of heart attack and stroke or those that smoke or have inhaled large quantities of second-hand smoke have higher stroke risk than others.
Based on clinical studies and research, African American people have a higher risk of having a stroke than people that belongs to other races.
Males are more prone to having a stroke than females. However, older women that experience a stroke are more likely to suffer a fatal outcome than men.
People that are 55 years of age and above are more vulnerable to having a stroke than people of younger ages.
Those that undergo hormone therapy or use birth control pills have a higher stroke risk than others.
What Happens to Your Body When You Are Having a Stroke?
Whenever we experience a stroke, the following scenarios take place inside our bodies.
- When a stroke occurs, our blood supply to the brain is cut off and our brain cells will begin to be deprived of the essential oxygen and nutrients that it needs to survive
- Because of the starvation of the brain cells from the supplies that it needs, it will stop working and will eventually start to die in minutes
- Unlike other cells that are present in our bodies, when our brain cells die they usually cannot be replaced
- The area where the damaged or dead brain cells are located is called an infarction
- Due to the death or damaging of the cells in the cerebral infarction, the surrounding healthy cells (called penumbra) may receive lesser blood supply than normal which causes it to release a damaging chemical that may kill or damage other healthy cells
- The size of the cerebral infarction will continue to grow if left untreated or treatment is delayed
- A person’s chances of recovering from a stroke will be affected by the size of the infarction
What Complications to Expect After Having a Stroke?
After a person has had a stroke, he or she can make great progress on his or her health condition and regain independence after leaving the hospital. However, there are some problems or complications that a stroke victim may continue to experience after the patient’s hospital stay which includes the following:
- Weakness or paralysis
- Numbness or unexplained feelings or sensations
- Problems with bowel movement and bladder control
- Problems with speech and comprehension
- Problems with memory, awareness, judgment, learning, attention, and thinking
- Difficulty in controlling emotions
- Difficulty in chewing and/or swallowing
- Unexplained pain felt in the hands and feet when moving or when the temperature changes
What is Stroke Recovery Care?
Stroke recovery care or stroke rehabilitation is a critical part of a stroke victim’s journey to recovery. The goal of stroke recovery care is to help patients relearn the skills that have been impaired or lost after a stroke has affected some parts and functions of their brain.
Stroke recovery care helps patients improve the quality of their life after a stroke and it makes their road to recovery and independence much faster and easier to achieve.
Importance of Stroke Recovery Care
Recovering from a stroke takes time and stroke recovery care/rehabilitation is vital to make sure that the patient is given the proper treatment, assistance, therapy, and care that he or she needs to move on and regain his or her independence in life.
Furthermore, patients who experienced a stroke have a high risk of having another stroke in the future. This is why stroke victims need to undergo rehabilitation and a recovery process to treat the underlying conditions and cause of his or her stroke to avoid a future recurrence and ensure that the patient remains healthy and functional for the rest of his or her natural life.
Types of Stroke Recovery Care Services Offered by Seva At Home
Stroke Recovery Care – First Four Weeks
We at Seva At Home believe that beginning the recovery and rehabilitation process for stroke victims as early as possible, significantly improves the patient’s chances to regain his or her normal brain and body functions.
This is why our Stroke Recovery Care – First Four Weeks service package ensures that our patients are given immediate initial care, treatment, therapy, counselling, and assistance to maximize his or her chances of fully recovering all his or her normal brain and body functions faster at the comfort of his or her home.
Stroke Recovery Care – Post Four Weeks
Recovering from a stroke takes a long time and is quite frustrating and troublesome for patients. With this in mind, our Stroke Recovery Care – Post Four Weeks service package focuses on making the patient’s continuous stroke rehabilitation and recovery process more comfortable and rewarding in terms of results and achievement.
This care service is carefully planned to follow the comprehensive care and treatment sessions that were given during the first four weeks after the stroke and is designed to maximize the achievable results of the recovery process that the patient is going through.