Mild Stroke Can Cause Hidden Disabilities

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                 It was noted that people who suffer from mild stroke may have no visible symptoms, but the real thing, they are afflicted with such hidden disabilities which may include depression and visual problems according to a study released by Canadian Stroke Congress.

                The human body is designed in such a way, that each and every part of the body requires continuous blood supply in order to function properly. However, sometimes the blood supply gets reduced or even stops completely if the blood flow gets blocked. In this case, a mild stroke or even worst can occur.

                 The study conducted account for about two-thirds of stroke cases diagnosed and usually involves a hospital stay of one to five days. There were 200 people interviewed by Co-author Annie Rochette, Ph.D, of the University of Montreal, and her research team in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta during the first six weeks time span of their stroke. The study was intended to formulate new guidelines of managing and treating mild strokes.

                 According to Dr. Rochette, “there is no such thing as a mild stroke; these patients face huge challenges in their daily lives.” She describes a high rate of sleeplessness and depression among the population of the study. It was as well noted that the participants of the study perceived quality of life with significantly poor outlook.

                The participants of the study includes people who have strokes, most of them were young. Sixty two (62) is the mean age of the participants, and a larger percent of severe stroke cases were observed in people with age greater than 65.

               Age can be a factor for the progression of mild stroke; however, the main reason behind insufficient blood supply to the brain are  blood clotting, or accumulation of cholesterol or in some cases, formation of plaque in the blood, disrupting the blood flow.

                The research team interviewed the people who have their strokes and results revealed that there were about forty-one per cent (41%) of them were worried about getting back to work because it is the source of their income. There were also some who were screened with visual and cognitive difficulties which are not usually detected compared to other disabilities that a stroke can cause a person. Dr. Rochette added that only almost 25 per cent of mild stroke patients have visited the emergency room and have consultations.

              “Patients are told to see their family doctor, but given no other tools or rehabilitation,” says Dr. Rochette. “When they go to drive again some people are too afraid to get behind the wheel.” People who suffer from mild stroke are in great danger of developing a more severe case of stroke in the future.

 “This study dispels the myth that mild strokes lead to few or no consequences,” Dr. Rochette added.

             According to the authors of the study, the formulation of new treatment guidelines which includes a wide range of access for rehabilitation health care services will enhance the capacity of the people to have the care they needed and return to doing their activities of daily living. As said by

Dr. Antoine Hakim, CEO and Scientific Director of the CSN: “stroke patients who have had a mild stroke face many challenges getting back to their daily lives.”

 ”Proper evaluation to avoid a recurrence and rehabilitation after leaving hospital is essential to ease this transition and to provide people with the tools to live a healthy life.” He added.

 Heart and Stroke Foundation spokesperson Dr. Michael Hill notes that the treatment of depression symptoms should also be considered. “For the depressed patient recovering from stroke, medication and counseling can be an important aspect of patient care.” He says.

                Thus, if you are suffering from stroke or have a relative who is, it is still wise to consult your physician and seek for their medical advice. Positive outlook in life also helps decrease the risk of stroke because depression can predispose a person of having a stroke attack.



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