Anti aging guide

Treatment of Stroke



How many percentage of survivors recovered from stroke and what are the treatments available?

Probably 50-75 per cent of stroke episodes result in admission to hospital, mainly because the victim is too helpless to be looked after at home. Intensive nursing will be needed for the unconscious patient. A brain scan is occasionally required to clarify the precise nature of the stroke. If there is difficulty with swallowing persisting after recovery of consciousness, giving fluids intravenously is sufficient for a few days but the insertion of a stomach tube to provide nourishment occasionally becomes necessary. There is at present no clear-cut, immediate treatment to limit the loss of brain cells, although there is some promising research in progress.

As soon as the patient has recovered consciousness the next, critical phase of treatment commences—rehabilitation by family, nurses, speech therapist, physiotherapist, and occupational therapist. This will involve a long and hard battle. In general, muscle power recovers almost as much as it is ever going to within three months, but a recovery of a further ten per cent or so continues throughout a whole year.

Stroke is generally an indication of widespread arterial disease, and although there is a considerable risk of recurrence, it is even commoner for survivors to die of coronary disease. On the whole,legs do better than arms, but quality as well as quantity of life is likely to remain restricted. Many survivors of major strokes remain very dependent and maintain a miserable existence for months or even years. Those who make a really good recovery and who feel able to resume driving.

Outcome of stroke survivors (community surveys).

Full or almost full function 25-50
Able to return to work (of those working before) 29-36
Unable to walk outdoors 41
Unable to walk without assistance 20-27
Of those who walk, require an aid 66
Dependent in some aspect of self-care 31-52
Long-term institution 12-21
Posted by Carol Hudgens - May 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm