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Stroke For Dummies

Published: September 9, 2005

Overview

Features tons of advice for recovery and rehabilitation

Get the latest on the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of stroke

Have questions and concerns about strokes? This reassuring guide provides invaluable information for stroke victims and their loved ones, from what a stroke is and what it feels like to proven treatments and therapies. You'll see how to implement a plan for preventing stroke, treat the lingering effects of stroke, and maximize home caregiver effectiveness while minimizing fatigue.

Discover how to:

  • Understand what causes different types of stroke
  • Recognize warning signs
  • Get the most out of doctors and hospitals
  • Speed recovery with the best treatments
  • Help prevent future strokes
  • Decide the best living arrangements after stroke
Features tons of advice for recovery and rehabilitation

Get the latest on the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of stroke

Have questions and concerns about strokes? This reassuring guide provides invaluable information for stroke victims and their loved ones, from what a stroke is and what it feels like to proven treatments and therapies. You'll see how to implement a plan for preventing stroke, treat the

lingering effects of stroke, and maximize home caregiver effectiveness while minimizing fatigue.

Discover how to:

  • Understand what causes different types of stroke
  • Recognize warning signs
  • Get the most out of doctors and hospitals
  • Speed recovery with the best treatments
  • Help prevent future strokes
  • Decide the best living arrangements after stroke
Stroke For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Having a stroke is serious business. It's important that you recognize the signs of stroke and know how to respond — calling 911 is imperative. After you get treated for stroke, be sure to leave the hospital with all the information you need to help you recover and make a list of relevant medical information to keep nearby when you get home again.

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Stroke Articles

How to Respond to Stroke

Stroke happens quickly and you need to act just as quickly in order to save as much brain as possible. Whether you're experiencing the stroke yourself or watching as a loved one or friend is suddenly attacked by symptoms, memorize these steps:

  • Call 911 immediately: Don't delay, don't call people for advice — call 911.

  • Note the time: Make note of the time when the first symptoms occurred (headache, blurred vision, slurred speech, or numbness of limbs).

  • Gather medical information: Provide relevant info — blood type, allergies, medical conditions, and so on — to the medical professionals.

Stroke Articles

How to Recognize the Signs of Stroke

Knowing how to recognize the signs of stroke will help you act faster in response. The onset of stroke is typically sudden. Being aware of major signs and responding to them as rapidly as they occur is critical in order to minimize damage to your brain, improve chances of recovery — and even save your life.

The FAST way to recognize stroke:

  • F — Face numbness or weakness, especially on one side

  • A — Arm numbness or weakness, especially on one side

  • S — Speech slurring or difficulty speaking or understanding

  • T — Time to call 911 if these occur suddenly or are accompanied by loss of vision, loss of balance with dizziness, or the worst headache of your life with no known cause, both sudden and severe.

Stroke Articles

Information to Take Home from the Hospital after a Stroke

When you're ready to leave the hospital after your stroke, you want to depart with all the information and paperwork that will make your transition as smooth as possible. Use the following list to check that you have everything you need:

  • Diagnosis, including type and location of stroke

  • Summary of all of your medical problems

  • Details of tests and results, including CT and MRI scans, ultrasounds, electrocardiograms, angiograms, spinal taps, and others

  • List of prescriptions with detailed dosage information so you won't ever miss a single dose

  • Detailed list and schedule of all recommended physical exercises for stroke survivor

  • Schedule of follow-up appointments and future tests

  • Names and contact information of all the doctors who saw you during your stay

  • Discharge summary — ask for this document before you leave

  • Contact information for a local stroke support group

  • Contact info of a nurse or social worker to call if you have problems