A stroke is a serious medical condition that can potentially and dramatically change a person’s life without any warning at all
A stroke is a medical emergency, requiring urgent attention to minimise damage to the brain that happens when the blood supply is interrupted. Recovering from a stroke can be an emotional process as well as a physical one, and Guardian Angel Carers understand that stroke rehabilitation depends on the needs of each particular situation. Experienced and capable Angels can develop a personalised care plan that offers support through visiting care, night care, or live-in care depending on what is needed.
Recent efforts by the medical profession to educate the public about strokes have been very successful
More and more often, the worst effects of a stroke can be mitigated by increased stroke awareness. As more strokes are caught early thanks to this improved education around the earliest signs of stroke as well as stroke prevention, the chances of stroke recovery go up. Because many people are now aware of what the early signs of a stroke look like, persons suffering a stroke can get the medical help they need as soon as possible.
Strokes are sometimes described as a brain attack because they carry many of the risk factors linked with heart attacks
High cholesterol, smoking and diabetes are all connected to stroke, for example, because strokes are often caused by atherosclerosis, or the hardening of the arteries. No matter the cause, whether it is atherosclerosis, a blood clot or even bleeding in the brain due to high blood pressure, as soon as the blood supply to the brain is interrupted, reduced or cut off completely, a stroke will take place. Thankfully, effective and speedy treatment of a stroke can prevent long-term disability and even save lives.
If a stroke is caused by a blood clot, it is called an ischaemic stroke. In this situation, the blood clot is an obstruction that prevents blood from flowing to the brain. If caught in time, an ischaemic stroke can sometimes be quickly treated with an injectable medication called alteplase that dissolves the blood clot before the brain’s blood supply is compromised. A brain scan is often required to ensure that this approach to treatment is the best one. Some ischaemic strokes are treated with a surgical procedure called a thrombectomy, where a device is inserted into an artery in the brain in order to remove the blood clot interfering with blood flow. Other ischaemic strokes are treated with a combination of medications and surgery.
If a stroke is caused by bleeding in or around the brain, which is known as a haemorrhagic stroke, a combined approach to treatment is often most successful. The medication lowers blood pressure and manages the bleeding, while the surgery is necessary to remove blood from the brain and to mend any blood vessels that need attention.
Rehabilitation and Recovery
In both cases, recovering from a stroke can also mean recovering from the supportive care provided to ensure that someone coping with the effects of stroke does not become undernourished and/or dehydrated. Oxygen levels in the blood must also be monitored, and supplemental oxygen provided. Compression stockings are usually encouraged to prevent blood clots from forming in the blood vessels in the legs. All of these medical matters are important, both at hospital and at home, and Guardian Angel Carers are experienced providers of home care that involves all of these strategies that support stroke recovery.
When it comes to supporting the reenabling process through stroke care and rehabilitation, Guardian Angels know that communication, conversation and appropriate activity can be just as important as medication management and continued home treatment. Though some people who experience a stroke respond well to interventions and relearn the skills they need to live independently quickly, others do benefit from extra support. Guardian Angel Carers are able to live in the home for as long as necessary, or simply stop in regularly for several hours at a time.
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