What is a Stroke?
Strokes are a leading cause of death and adult disability in North America. A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. If brain cells are deprived of oxygen they begin to die. A stroke can result in the permanent loss of movement, speech and cognitive functions such as memory.
What is a TIA?
TIA is an acronym for Transient Ischemic Attack. A TIA is often called a mini-stroke and they can be a warning that a larger stroke is imminent. TIAs occur when a small blood clot briefly blocks an artery in the brain. A TIA doesn’t result in permanent damage to brain cells.
Signs of a Stroke
If you suspect a stroke call 911 immediately. The signs of a stroke include:
- Face – Is it drooping?
- Arms – Can you raise both?
- Speech – is it slurred of jumbled
- Time to call 911 right away
Physiotherapy After a Stroke
The recovery following a stroke ranges from partial to complete. Part of the recovery occurs naturally and spontaneously. The balance of your recovery will take some time and effort. Physiotherapy after a stroke helps you relearn motor skills and other abilities as the damaged areas of the brain adapts.