Coping with Stroke

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Information on Coping with Stroke

It is not an easy task to cope with stroke.  Should you be among the lucky ones to survive one, there is life after stroke.  Stroke can strike at any time, to any parts of your body and at any age.  Usually the first symptom of a massive cerebral hemorrhage that struck you will be numbness on part your body.  If a vessel in our head rupture, sending spurts of blood into our brain, we could almost go blind, our speech will be gibberish and the muscles on part of our body will be paralyzed or crippled.


Medical experts have found out that half of all strokes occur among those considered in the prime of their life.  Strokes occur among adults, teenagers, and even children.  Some victims of stroke are partially paralyzed and others have their speech impaired and their sight affected.


Possible steps to take when stroke strikes

When stroke strikes, the person suffering may resemble a drunk person.  In critical cases, he may fall into unconsciousness.  If you suspect someone is having a stroke, get medical help immediately.  While waiting for help and if the victim is conscious, lay the person down with the head and shoulders slightly raised by using pillows or cushions.  Lay the victim on the weak side so that saliva can drain from the mouth.  Loosen clothing at the neck, chest and waist.  If necessary, restore breathing by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.  Assure the victim that help is on the way.  Do not offer anything to eat or drink.  If the victim becomes unconscious, put him in the recovery position, to prevent anything (blood, saliva or tongue) from blocking the windpipe and choking the victim.  Carefully roll the victim to his stomach, the arm and leg on one side straight beside his body, the other arm and leg bent to prop up the upper and lower body.  Tilt the victim's chin back to straighten the throat.


There is life after a stroke

For many people recovering from a stroke and for their families, dealing with psychological and social consequences is more difficult than adapting to physical and mental limitations.  Studies have shown that up to 60 percent of people who have a stroke develop symptoms of depression.  About one-third feel angry or anxious.  Other have periodic bouts of sadness or crying.  Social isolation, meanwhile, initially stems from a physical disability but often continues even when physical limitations are overcome.  Feelings of depression or anger may cause a sense of isolation.


If you are one of those who have suffered from crippling strokes, do not be disheartened.  There is life after a stroke.  It should not stop you from continuing with your work.


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