American Heart Association Family Guide to Stroke: Treatment, Recovery, Prevention

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If you or someone you know has had a stroke, you need information. The American Heart Association Family Guide to Stroke will give you the facts you need to make the most informed health-care choices. It will also give you the confidence and reassurance that there is a lot you can do to recover from this devastating event.

The American Heart Association Family Guide to Stroke explains all the exciting new developments in treatment, recovery, and prevention. In clear, accessible ...

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Overview

If you or someone you know has had a stroke, you need information. The American Heart Association Family Guide to Stroke will give you the facts you need to make the most informed health-care choices. It will also give you the confidence and reassurance that there is a lot you can do to recover from this devastating event.

The American Heart Association Family Guide to Stroke explains all the exciting new developments in treatment, recovery, and prevention. In clear, accessible language, it discusses the causes of stroke, those at risk, the warning signs, and how stroke is diagnosed. It offers practical guidance on coping with life after stroke, in both the short and the long term, and reviews the most up-to-date medical treatments and rehabilitation techniques that can help stroke survivors get a fresh start. This reassuring sourcebook will help you:
— Spot the five warning signs of a stroke — and get immediate medical aid to improve the chances of a full recovery
— Find out whether you're at risk for a stroke and change your lifestyle to help prevent a first or second stroke
— Receive the most effective and up-to-date treatment available, including medications, surgery, and psychological counseling
— Get the most out of rehabilitation in the hospital and at home
— Involve the whole family in coping with the physical and psychological issues of recovery
— Tap into a support network of resources for stroke survivors and their families.

"...uses clear, accessible language to explain the causes of stroke, who is at risk, the warning signs, & the diagnostic tools used to detect it...practical guidance to individuals & families on coping with life after stroke."

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Strokes affect nearly a half million Americans each year. This guide is intended to help stroke survivors and their families understand what causes strokes and how to help prevent recurrence and enhance recovery. The book describes with a minimum of technical jargon the different types of stroke, risk factors that can and cannot be controlled (smoking vs. age, for example), diagnostic procedures used to determine treatment, and rehabilitation. Nearly half the book is devoted to living with residual disabilities. This is a good book, but an additional source for practical tips on home care is James Toole and Janice Frye-Pierson's Stroke: A Guide for Patient and Family (Raven, 1987. o.p.). Recommended for health collections.-- Anne Tomlin, Auburn Memorial Hosp. Lib., N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812927214
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Series: American Heart Association Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 The Warning Signs of Stroke 1
Ch. 2 What Causes Stroke and Who Gets One? 40
Ch. 3 At the Hospital: Diagnosis 85
Ch. 4 Medical Treatment: A War Fought on Many Fronts 114
Ch. 5 Rehabilitation Therapy 138
Ch. 6 After the Hospital 163
Ch. 7 Living with a Disability 187
Ch. 8 Lifestyle and the Stroke Prevention Connection 236
Appendix A: The American Heart Association Diet: An Eating Plan for Healthy Americans 279
Appendix B: For Further Information 290
Glossary 297
American Heart Association Affiliates 308
Index 311
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