Moving Forward After a Stroke
When an individual suffers a stroke, blood flow is restricted to a part of the brain, causing brain tissue to die. The effects a stroke has on the brain are similar to the effects a heart attack has on the heart, so a stroke may be referred to as a “brain attack.” Because stroke is so impactful to the health of brain tissue, recovery and rehabilitation can be a rigorous and extensive process. However, there are resources to help ease this process and restore independence after a stroke occurs. Here is a look at some of the resources offered by Regional Medical Center of San Jose that can help you recover from a stroke:
- Specialized Therapy: The exact effects of stroke can vary depending on the part of the brain damaged through the interruption in blood flow and the time between the initial attack and medical treatment. Still, all stroke patients will benefit from treatments like speech therapy, physical therapy, and psychological therapy. These therapies are types of continued care that will be tailored to the individual needs of the patient.
- Life After Stroke Classes: At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, you can find ongoing support after stroke with exercise courses designed to improve or maintain your motor function after rehabilitative therapy. These classes are held weekly by therapists who specialize in Neuro-Developmental Treatment. Exercise is an important part of improving life after stroke, and the guidance of these courses will help you discover the most beneficial activities for you.
- Medication: Once a stroke occurs, preventive measures should be taken to reduce the likelihood of another episode. Along with lifestyle changes and hands-on therapies, medication may be used to dissolve blood clots or thin the blood for improve circulation.
For a closer look at stroke care and education, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose online or at (408) 259-4000. Our Certified Stroke Center offers comprehensive care for stroke patients so that there is hope for a brighter future after a stroke.