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    Medical Reference Related to Stroke

    1. Stroke Guide - What Increases Your Risk

      Read about diseases or conditions that may make stroke more likely.

    2. Stroke Guide - Exams and Tests

      Time is critical when diagnosing a stroke. A quick diagnosis within the first 3 hours may enable your doctor to use medications that can lead to a better recovery. The first priority will be to determine whether you are having an ischemic or hemorrhagic s

    3. Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) - Topic Overview

      A stroke often affects movement and use of one side of the body, so getting dressed is often difficult for people after a stroke.Getting dressed may be easier if you use stocking/sock aids, rings or strings attached to zipper pulls, and buttonhooks. Talk with a nurse or physical therapist about assistive devices that may help you get dressed. Clothing may be easier to put on if it has features such as:Velcro closures.Elastic waistbands and shoelaces.Snaps and grippers.To make getting dressed easier:Lay out your clothes in the order that you will put them on, with those you will put on first on top of the pile.Sit down while you dress.Put your affected arm or leg into the piece of clothing first, before the unaffected arm or leg.Removing clothing that has to go over your head may be difficult. To undress after a stroke has affected an arm or leg, remove the stronger arm or leg from the clothing first, then slip out your affected arm or leg.

    4. Stroke Guide - Cause

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

    5. Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) - Medications

      Learn about medications that are often prescribed for someone who has had a transient ischemic attack (TIA).

    6. Stroke Guide - When To Call a Doctor

      Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you or someone you know develops signs of stroke.

    7. Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) - Topic Overview

      You cannot drive after having a stroke until your doctor says that you can. This may be hard to accept. You may feel that this is a big loss of independence. But any problems with your vision, speech, or ability to move quickly after a stroke can change your ability to drive safely. You need your doctor's approval for the safety of yourself and others.After your doctor says that you can drive, talk to the motor vehicle department and ask about the rules for people who have had a stroke. You may need to take classes, be tested again, and have changes made to your car. Some stroke rehab centers give driver training classes.If you cannot drive because of problems from your stroke, check with your stroke rehab center about programs that offer special vans that can take you to and from places. Senior groups and volunteer agencies may also offer transportation services.

    8. Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) - Topic Overview

      A stroke often causes memory problems. If your family member has problems with memory: Set a daily routine,if possible. Warn the person about upcoming changes in routine. Someone who has had a stroke may be very sensitive to minor changes in the daily activities. Give short instructions. People with memory problems can remember only small amounts of information at a time (short retention ...

    9. Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) - Surgery

      information on carotid endarterectomy and carotid artery stenting, surgical procedures to reduce the risk of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).

    10. Stroke - Concerns of the Caregiver

      Taking care of a loved one who has had a stroke can be difficult for many reasons. You may be afraid that your loved one will have another stroke or will not be able to accept or overcome disabilities. You may worry that you are not prepared to care for someone who has just had a stroke, or you may have your own health concerns that make it difficult for you to care for another person. You may ...

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