Strokes suddenly pause life for victims and their families.
Kingston HealthCare strives to lessen the impact of a stroke. Read on to learn more about strokes and how Kingston HealthCare can help you press play again through our Stroke Care Program.
What is a stroke?
There are two types of strokes – ischemic and hemorrhagic.
An ischemic stroke, which accounts for 87% of all strokes, can be compared to an electrical short. During an ischemic stroke, the blood supply to the brain is severely restricted or blocked, which prevents the brain from powering the pathways to the rest of the body’s systems. If the brain tissue is deprived of oxygen for too long, the brain cells begin to die rapidly.
By contrast, a hemorrhagic stroke is much like a burst pipe. During a hemorrhagic stroke, a blood vessel ruptures or leaks, causing blood to pool and constrict surrounding brain tissue.
Just like a faulty electrical box or broken water pipe, interference in the brain’s natural blood flow disrupts almost every aspect of a person’s physical health, like speech, memory, and movement.
What are the warning signs of strokes?
If a stroke occurs, time is of the essence! Call 911 immediately or go to the nearest hospital for medical attention!
The immediate focus after a stroke is on saving a life and salvaging brain cells for a better quality of life moving forward.
Recognizing the signs of a stroke is the first step to combating impairment. Observing any of the following symptoms demands an immediate call to 911:
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg favoring one side of the body
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
Every minute a stroke goes untreated, millions of neurons are lost due to the blood blockage in the brain. Act F.A.S.T. by considering:
- Face – Ask the victim to smile and note any facial drooping.
- Arms – Ask the person to raise arms and look for signs of weakness.
- Speech – Ask the sufferer to repeat a sentence and look for slurred speech
- Time – Time is of the essence! Call 911 immediately or get to the hospital!
When should I start stroke recovery?
The sooner you begin stroke rehabilitation, the more likely you are to regain lost skills. In most cases, recovery can begin after doctors have treated any life-threatening conditions and taken steps to prevent complications and another stroke.
The Kingston Stroke Care Program offers therapy specifically designed to enhance the brain’s ability to reorganize and form new connections, in order to overcome deficits and regain function.
Our dedicated team and exceptional care programs offer the ideal environment for successful, best-scenario outcomes. Our comprehensive rehabilitation services, advanced therapeutic amenities and clear and concise recovery resources are available to stroke survivors 24/7.
What Kingston HealthCare communities offer stroke rehabilitation?
The Kingston Stroke Care Program is available at the following fine communities:
What skills can stroke rehabilitation help me recover?
Kingston HealthCare proudly plays a vital role in helping stroke victims put their lives back in motion. We are devoted to stroke recovery, offering patients and their families hope to enjoy life again.
We focus on numerous therapies, including speech skills, cognitive abilities, motor skills and life management tools.
Starting over is never easy, but our experienced stroke recovery professionals are with you every step of the way, making post-stroke life challenges much more manageable.
How successful is stroke rehabilitation?
The Kingston Stroke Care Program offers a modern, dedicated stroke care environment with the region’s best chance for successful post-stroke outcomes.
The National Stroke Association estimates that 10% of stroke sufferers make a full recovery, 25% have minor complications, 40% require ongoing care, and 10% require long-term care in a skilled nursing facility.
The doctors and staff who help you through the rehabilitation process will positively influence how well you recover. Kingston HealthCare’s high success rate is attributed to the dedication of our medical staff, highly trained therapists, and caregivers coupled with the determination of our recovering stroke patients.