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  1. Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) - Exams and Tests

    Read about exams and tests doctors use to diagnose transient ischemic attack (TIA).

  2. Stroke Rehabilitation - Preventing Another Stroke

    There are several factors you cannot change that increase your risk of stroke. But there are also several things that you have some control over which can help you avoid another stroke, including:High blood pressure.Heart disease.High cholesterol.Diabetes.Obesity.Excessive use of alcohol.Use of tobacco products.Too much caffeine.Use of certain illegal drugs, such as cocaine.To prevent another ...

  3. Stroke Rehabilitation - Adapting After a Stroke

    After a stroke, rehabilitation will not only focus on helping you recover from disabilities but also on making changes in your lifestyle, at home, at work, and in relationships. Changes will depend on the type of disabilities, which are determined by the part of your brain that was affected by the stroke.A stroke in the right side of the brain can cause difficulty with performing everyday tasks. .

  4. Stroke: Preventing Injury in Affected Limbs - Topic Overview

    After a stroke, you may not feel temperature, touch, pain, or sharpness on your affected side. You may have:Feelings of heaviness, numbness, tingling, or prickling or greater sensitivity on the affected side.No sense of how your muscles and joints are operating together, which may affect your balance.If you cannot feel an object, you may be more likely to hurt yourself.If you have a tendency to clench your fist on the affected arm, keep your fingernails short and smooth so that you do not cut yourself.If you cannot feel sensations in your feet, cut and file your toenails straight across so that you do not scratch yourself.Soaking your hands and feet may make your nails easier to cut. If you have diabetes, talk with your doctor about the care of your feet.If you cannot feel heat on your affected side, you may be more prone to burns. Tips to prevent burns include the following:Test the temperature of bath water or dishwater using your unaffected side.Bathe and do dishes in lukewarm

  5. Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) - What Happens

    Find out why a transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a warning sign of stroke risk.

  6. Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) - What Increases Your Risk

    The risk factors for a transient ischemic attack (TIA) are the same as those for a stroke.

  7. Stroke Guide - Cause

    An ischemic stroke is caused by a blood clot that blocks blood flow to the brain.

  8. Stroke - Prevention

    For some people, stroke prevention may begin after a transient ischemic attack (TIA) - a warning sign that a stroke may soon occur. Prompt medical attention may help prevent a stroke.

  9. Stroke Guide - Medications

    It is very important to seek emergency medical attention for stroke symptoms. If you are having an ischemic stroke, which is caused by a blood clot, you may be able to receive tissue plasminogen activator (t - PA), a clot - dissolving medication. It is no

  10. Stroke: Your Rehabilitation Team - Topic Overview

    Rehabilitation after a stroke usually involves a number of health professionals. These may include the following people.Doctors and nursesRehabilitation doctor. The rehabilitation doctor is in charge of your medical care after a stroke. This may be a physiatrist (a doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation), a neurologist, or a primary care doctor.Rehabilitation nurse. A rehabilitation nurse specializes in nursing care for people with disabilities. He or she can provide nursing care and helps doctors coordinate medical care. A rehabilitation nurse can also educate both you and your family about recovering from a stroke.Rehabilitation therapistsPhysical therapist. A physical therapist evaluates and treats problems with movement, balance, and coordination. The physical therapist can provide you with training and exercises to improve walking, getting into and out of bed or a chair, and moving around without losing your balance. The physical therapist also teaches

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