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  1. Stroke: Common Disabilities - Topic Overview

    Stroke is the most common cause of disability resulting from damage to the nervous system. A stroke may affect: Movement. You may not be able to use your arms or walk. This is usually because of weakness or paralysis on one side of the body (hemiparesis). Speech and language. You may not be able to speak,read,or write. Also,you may not be able to understand what someone else is saying. ...

  2. Stroke: Speech and Language Problems - Topic Overview

    Some people have speech and language problems after a stroke. These problems may involve any or all aspects of language use, such as speaking, reading, writing, and understanding the spoken word. Speech and language problems (aphasia) usually occur when a stroke affects the right side of the body. Trouble communicating can be very frustrating. When you talk to someone who has had a stroke, be patient, understanding, and supportive.The following are tips for helping someone who has speech and language problems:Speak directly to him or her—not to a companion, even if that person is an interpreter—and speak in second, not third, person: How are you feeling today?Maintain eye contact.Speak slowly and simply in a normal tone of voice. People who have speech and language problems are not deaf.Give him or her adequate time to respond.Listen carefully.Focus on what the person is saying, not how he or she is saying it.Don't fill in with a word or sentence unless you are asked.Ask the

  3. Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) - Other Treatment

    A brief description of carotid artery stenting to help prevent transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke.

  4. Smoking and Stroke Risk - Topic Overview

    Smoking injures blood vessel walls and speeds up hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). As a result, the heart works harder, and blood pressure may increase. Cigarette smoking increases your risk for transient ischemic attack (TIA) and stroke.Heavy smokers are at greater risk for TIA and stroke. Daily cigarette smoking can increase the risk of stroke by 2½ times.1The risk of stroke and TIA decreases for those who quit smoking. If you smoked less than one pack a day and you quit, within 5 years your risk will be the same as though you had never smoked.1

  5. Stroke Rehabilitation - Medicines for Stroke Prevention

    After a stroke and during rehabilitation, you need medicines to help prevent another stroke. You may need medicines to thin your blood and prevent clots from forming and medicines to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.Antiplatelets to prevent clotsAspirin, aspirin with extended - release dipyridamole (Aggrenox), and other antiplateletsAnticoagulants to keep clots from growing and to prevent new

  6. Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) - Prevention

    You can help prevent a transient ischemic attack (TIA) by controlling your risk factors for stroke.

  7. Exercising to Prevent a Stroke - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Interactive tools are designed to help people determine health risks, ideal weight, target heart rate, and more.Interactive Tool: What Is Your Target Heart Rate?

  8. Stroke Rehabilitation - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I put my loved one who has had a stroke in a nursing home?Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Managing eating problems after a stroke ...

  9. Stroke Symptoms - Topic Overview

    If you have symptoms of a stroke,seek emergency medical care. Symptoms may include: Sudden numbness,tingling,weakness,or paralysis in your face,arm,or leg,especially on only one side of your body. Sudden vision changes. Sudden trouble speaking. Sudden confusion or trouble understanding simple statements. Sudden problems with walking or balance. A sudden,severe headache that is ...

  10. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors for Depression and Pain After a Stroke

    Drug details for Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors for depression and pain after a stroke.

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