After a stroke, the main focus for the patient, their family, friends, physicians, therapists and other health care professionals is often on their physical aspects. How far can the patient walk? Can the patient still get dressed with the use of just one hand? Can the patient safely swallow food and liquid without coughing or choking? Will the patient need to use oxygen after discharge to home? These are all issues that are visible and obvious.
A concussion is a mild form of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth.
It is a common opinion that concussions happen mostly to football players. However, they can also occur while playing other contact sports such as soccer, as a result of a vehicular accident, or during a fall.
Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder caused by damage to the central or peripheral nervous system – or sometimes both – as the result of a stroke or brain injury. People with dysarthria may have trouble with respiration (breathing), phonation (voicing), articulation (speech), prosody (patterns of stress and intonation) and resonance (e.g., nasality).
Aphasia is a language disorder resulting from an injury to the brain, such as stroke or head trauma. Aphasia involves varying degrees of communication difficulties in these areas:
Spoken Language Comprehension - otherwise known as “Receptive Language” or “Auditory Comprehension.”
Symptoms may include:
Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability in adults, and the fifth leading cause of death in America. Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. will experience a stroke, and nearly 800,000 Americans will have a stroke this year alone.
Below are 10 common health factors that attribute to having a stroke and how to reduce your risk of experiencing one:
Linked to 48% of stroke-related incidents
Hypertension is the single most modifiable risk factor. Make sure to have your blood pressure regularly checked!