A stroke affects an estimated 795,000 people each year and is the third leading cause of death in the United States. At Restorative Physical Medicine in Livonia and Novi, Michigan, the team offers comprehensive stroke services, including in-office diagnostics and treatment services to help you regain your life after a stroke. Learn more about treatment options and resources for surviving a stroke by calling the office or book a consultation online today.
A stroke is a condition that develops when blood stops flowing to your brain. It only takes minutes for the brain cells to die when it doesn’t get sufficient blood flow.
There are two types of strokes that occur. An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks the vessels in your brain that supply blood.
In a hemorrhagic stroke, a blood vessel breaks and causes bleeding in the brain.
You can also suffer a mini-stroke, which occurs when your blood supply to the brain is cut off for just a brief period of time.
Common symptoms of a stroke include sudden weakness or numbness, especially on one side of your face, leg, or arm. You may also experience:
Any of these symptoms can indicate a potentially life-threatening stroke, and you need to call 911 or go to the emergency room as soon as possible.
There are many factors that can influence your risk for a stroke. If you have existing high blood pressure or diabetes, you may be at increased risk for this type of medical emergency. You may also be in a high-risk category for stroke if you’re over 55 or have a family history of the condition.
Other common risks include lifestyle factors, like:
You can reduce your risk for stroke by making lifestyle changes and ensuring diabetes and cholesterol levels are well-controlled.
If you have a stroke, you may need ongoing medical monitoring after your initial treatment.
After your emergency treatment for stroke, the team can recommend additional resources to help you manage underlying health conditions that factor into your stroke.
You may need medications to thin your blood and prevent additional clots. You may also need physical therapy to help you recover from the effects of a stroke and regain any lost mobility.
If your stroke results in permanent health issues, such as paralysis, poor balance, or incontinence, the team can create a custom treatment plan to continue your rehabilitation and ensure you enjoy a good quality of life.
Some of the advanced and specialized post stroke services they offer:
Learn more about stroke treatments and recovery by calling the office or by using the online booking feature today.