Frequency, symptoms and rehabilitation
In about 79 per cent of all cases, a stroke is caused by the blockage of a blood vessel that supplies the brain, for example, due to a blood clot. This leads to insufficient blood circulation.
Almost 13 per cent of patients are affected in precisely the opposite manner due to damaged vessels and the like, namely a haemorrhage in the brain. In either case, the supply of blood to certain regions of the brain is no longer sufficient due to a local circulatory disorder.
Strokes are one of the leading causes of long-term disability, with more than 795,000 people in the United States experiencing a stroke each year, 76% of those being first-time cases. More than half of stroke survivors aged 65 and over have reduced mobility as a result.
The symptoms of a stroke and their severity can vary considerably between individuals. They include:
Limited field of vision
Disturbances in spatial perception, double vision
Speech and speech comprehension disorders
Impaired sense of touch
Drooping at the corner of the mouth – the leg and arm may exhibit similar symptoms (e.g. drop foot and drop hand)
Unstable knee joint function while standing
Dizziness with uncertain gait
Spasticity in various forms and degrees of severity
Research suggests starting rehabilitation within the first two weeks of stroke is beneficial to patients. Please visit the American Stroke Association's website for a comprehensive look at rehabilitation and life after stroke.
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